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Ellen Aultman Diary - MMS 168
Note : Comments and questions found in parentheses are usually those of the transcriber, Wayne T. Kelly, in 1969.
Tues. 1st. - Cold. We had roast chicken for dinner. Jim Brandeberry and Frank Smith were to go with George to help butcher. Ralph and Nuit took their (spelled there in the manuscript) tools over to Baker's Woods this aft. (afternoon). Ralph and Blanche went to an oyster supper at Lon Black's this eve.
Wed. 2nd. - Cold. Ralph and Nuit worked in woods this forenoon. I made Urban a waiste today, baked cookies. School commenced again today. Leora and Urban went. Blaine hauled fodder. Him and Geo. hauled wood. Ralph went to Quieny today. Geo his pay $8.75.
Thurs. 3rd. - Cold. Blaine is sick today with grip. Geo. helped Jim Brandeberry butcher today. Ralph went to corners. Got crackers for oysters, got wood and done chores. (Somebody - a little body tried to write in the diary. Mother skipped a line on the foolscap.)
Fri. 4th. - Warmer today. This is Tute's birthday. She is 4 yr. Old today. Ralph went to Pemberville to mill today. Blaine is no better. Eva is about sick. Rex has an awful cold. Blanche & I ironed today and baked bread, made pies (?) - made Tute under drawers. Patched Ralph's macanas socks.
Sat. 5th. - Pleasant. Geo. took Inez Hurst home today. How? Horse & ( buggy? cutter? ________) (Was she the hired girl, girl friend?) I scrubbed and cleaned all over the house. Geo. got me a rapper 1.75 at B.G. (Bowling Green, Ohio). Ralph a shaving mug, 45 [cent symbol].
Sun. 6th. - Warmer. All sick with Lagrippe. Blaine is better. We had three (3) and a rabbit for dinner.
Mon. 7th. - Warm. Ralph and Nuit went to work in Baker's Woods this morning. Geo. went to B.G. with Jim B. (Jim Brandeberry) Sr. I baked bread. Eva went to school.
Tues. 8th. - Cloudy. Geo. & Blaine got bushle (?) potatoes at Corners. ____lains 35cts. bu. Blaine is hauling fodder. (End of page 1.)
Wed. 9th. - Snowing today. Pa (Grandpa Kelly, Alfred M. Kelly) went to corners this (?) -A.M. Got a package of rolled oats 25[cents], soap 10 [cents], tea 15 [cents] and this paper. Pa & Blaine hauled wood, Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods today. ----baked pies and made Tute a pair of pants.
Thurs. 10th. - Warm. This is Rex's birthday. He is two years old. Ralph worked in Baker's Woods ½ day. We (Blanche) washed washed and baked mopped (as corrected by Ella). Raining this mor. (Morning). I and Geo. and Blanche went down to Elmer Hansons to hear an and a phone (Is this a record on a Phonograph?). It was good. Shanks and Loomises were there, Whitakers McKeans also.
Fri. 11th. Warmer. Snowed all day. We ironed and baked bread. Ralph dident work today in the woods. There is an entertainment at the corners tonight. Ralph went to Pem. (Pemberville, Ohio)
Sat. 12th. - Cloudy most all day. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's ½ today. Went to corners tonight. Got sugar, butter. Blanche and Blaine went to the Ridge to an entertainement tonight. I baked 4 pies and cookies. Blanche mopped and cleaned upstairs. Geo. is layed up with lame back. He sprained it. We got a letter from Grace at Avary. (What did she say?)
Sun. 13th. - Pleasant & warmer. Will McKean was here today. Ralph and Nuit took some tools to woods today. Geo. is no better. Blanche is reading Ohio Farmer.
Mon. 14th. - Raining and snowing. Ralph and Nuit worked in woods ½ day. Geo. went to B.G. with Jim B. today. Got sugar 25[cents], bottle linement 30[cents] for his back, some kidney pills 50[cents]. Ralph went to corners tonight. I made me 2 aprons. Blanche baked cake. Ralph got a letter from Stella M. today. Geo. got B. (Blanche?) song, "Pansy, Pansy How I Love You" 25[cents] (Who was Stella? Anybody know?) Don't know (Can anybody sing "Pansy, Pansy, How I Love You"?)
Tues. 15th. Warm and pleasant, snow all going, Nasty under foot. I and Blanche done a big washing today. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods today. Geo. went to corners. Eva stayed with Mary Householder tonight. Payson was here this eve.
Wed. 16th. - Getting colder today and blowing to hurry cane today. Blanche ironed. I baked bread, 5 pies, cookies. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods today. Blaine husked corn. Geo. is grunting with lame back yet. Ralph went to corners this eve.
Thurs. 17th. - Cold and snowing. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods. Blaine hauled fodder and corn. I patched Geo. socks.
Fri. 18th. - Cold and storming and blowing tonight. Geo. went to corners. Got 50 cts. worth sugar, rolled oats 25[cents], coffee 17[cents] rice, tobacco. Come to $1.50. Paid. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods. I baked bread and cake, cut out overcoat for Urban. Blanche cleaned room, washed dinner dishes. Blaine husked corn. The little black sow had pigs today - only 2 living.
Sat. 19th. - Cold but pleasant. Geo. got 2 bu. Potatoes at Bert. Chamberlains, 35[cents] per bu., 70[cents] paid. Geo went to corners this aft. (afternoon). Got butter 25[cents] worth, 18[cents] lb. Paid. I baked 4 pies, cookies; Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods cutting logs and bolts. Ralph for $5.75 for his work. Nuit paid $3.00 on board today. Blanche mopped, I worked on Urban overcoat this aft. (afternoon). Eva got a letter from her cousin, Florence Kuder.
Sun. 20th. - Warm and windy like March weather today. Ralph and Nuit went to woods, Baker's Woods today. Took there dinner. All at home but Grace. She is in CatabaIsland yet. Blaine and Urban made a sled today, hitched old Jim in it and took a ride. Blanche and Ralph played the organ Geo. played the violyn. The other children are playing Dominoes and checkers. Nuit is playing solitary. Rex sings "Boil that Possum Down" and speaks "Little Dolly Dumpling" - has made 4[cents] speaking and singing. Payson (Payson Kelly) gave him one and Ed 2, Pa (or Ra) 1.
Mon. 21st. - Warm but cloudy. Geo. went to corners. Got 10 yds. outing for Blaine shirts and Tute and Rex and Urban waiste (dress). Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods. I made Rex a under waiste. Blaine started to school today. Hasent went any since Christmas. Patched Eva's blue dress. Soap 10[cents].
Tues. 22nd. - Beautiful today. Geo. went to B.G. Got Blanche a song "I Have Waited Honey Long for You" 25[cents]. I baked cookies and 3 pies. Ralph and Nuit cut logs and bolts in Baker's Woods.
Wed. 23rd. - Cloudy and raining this aft. (afternoon). I and Blanche washed. Blanche baked bread. Geo fixed sled; went to corners, got sugar 25[cents], mince meat 25[cents], Baking P. 10[cents], 2 ¼ lbs. butter 36[cents]. Paid. Coal oil 25[cents]. Got a letter from Grace at Peachton. She is coming home tomorrow. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods.
Thurs. 24th. - Raining and snowing. Geo went to B.G. with Jim Brandeberry. Got him paid of pants $1.50. Blanche a song, "She Was Happy Till She Met You". -and 2 suits of union under clothes $1.00. Grace came home from Peachton today. Blaine went to Pemberville after her. Got gal. of vinegar 15[cents]. I put carpet down in bedroom. I and Blanche scrubbed. I ironed safe (?). Blanche cleaned cupboard. Ralph and Nuit is working in Baker's Woods for the Buckeye Co.
Fri. 25th. - Cold. I made Blaine a shirt today. Blanche baked bread. They made potato soup for dinner. Geo. cut wood. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods. Ralph went to B.G. with F. Barber to the Opera. Queen (Victoria) is dead. Geo. went to corners. Got rolled oats, 20[cents], 2 lamp chimneys, 20[cents].
Sat. 26th. - Cloudy. Snowing this aft. The old black sow had pigs today. I made 4 pies, baked cookies. Ironed. Blanche mopped, Grace cleaned front room and upstairs. The men went to corners tonight. Geo. got 4 lb. sugar, 24[cents] butter 2lb. 36[cents], tablecloth 50[cents], tea 15[cents], coffee 18[cents], thread 5[cents]. All come to 41.48. Paid. Blaine hauled feed and wood; cleaned stable. Geo. cut wood. Ralph and Nuit worked in Baker's Woods cutting logs and bolts. Liew Householder is about dead with consumpsion.
Sun. 27th. - 1901 (January) R.O.A. (Ralph O. Aultman) (what does this mean?) Snowing, all at home. We had 2 chickens for dinner. Rex made 2[cents] speaking and singing "Boil Him Down". I baked bread.
Mon. 28th. - Windy and snowing. I washed some. Worked on Leora's waist. Ralph worked in woods today. Vanmitten was there and scaled there logs. Ralph come home sick with head ache. Ralph and Blaine went to corners, got 1 sack flour $1.10, yeast 5[cents]. Ralph got him a paid of overhalls 50[cents], 2 pair socks.
Tues. 29th. - Storming and cold. Ralph worked in Baker's Woods. Geo and I went to Chamberlains after potatoes. Got 2 bu. 35[cents]. I made Eva an underskirt. Grace patched Geo. a pair of pants, baked bread. Got gal. coal oil 10[cents].
Wed. 30th. - Snowing and cold. Ralph went to woods but came home about 10 0'clock on account of the storm. He went to Pemberville, got pay for cutting logs, got 50[cents] work of beefsteak. Will McKean was here. Him and Geo. went to corners this aft. Got 8 lbs. sugar 50[cents], butter 25[cents], soap 10[cents], vanilla 10[cents], raisins 12[cents], molasses 10[cents]. Ralph got him pair arties. I made Rex pair under-drawers, made 3 mince pies. Blanche baked cake. Grace scrubbed.
Thurs. 31st. - Last day of Jan. Cold but pleasant today. Windy. Snowing tonight. Ralph worked in woods. Was late. I and Grace melted snow and done a large washing today. Blanche baked bread and done the other work. Geo. cut wood. Blaine, Leora, Eva, Urban are going to school. Miss Charles and Miss Verbinilia are the teachers. Nuit Muir paid $5.00 of board today. Account of month of Jan. $26.00
Fri. 1st. - Cold but pleasant. Geo. went to corners. Got 5lbs. of butter 75[cents], rolled oats 25[cents]. Paid. We got 1 egg today. The 3rd one we have got this winter. Ralph worked in Baker's Woods today. He went to Pemberville tonight got 50[cents] worth of meat. Grace ironed. I made Rex a shirt today, baked cookies. Blanche done up the morning work - helped get supper. Blaine hauled fodder, corn and all husked corn. This is Leora's birthday. She is 13 yrs. old today. ROA (Ralph O. Aultman (?)) joined the I.O.O.F. lodge tonight at Pemberville.
Sat. 2nd. - Pleasant, warmer. Geo. went to Bowling Green today. Will McKean went with him. They walked. Ralph sent for pants. Blaine hauled feed and wood. Ralph worked in woods - Bakers - today. I baked 5 pies, Grace baked bread. Blanche mopped. Anna Ome has a babe.
Sun. 3rd. - Warm and snowing all day and sleating tonight. All at home. They are coaxing for the D.K. (What was the D.K.?)
Mon. 4th. - Cold and pleasant. Blaine, Blanche, Grace, Geo. went to Pemberville to Mill - in the sled. Got meat 50[cents], sugar 50[cents], Urban rubbers. Wise was here after girls to work. Liew Householder is dead - died with consumption. Ralph worked in Baker's Woods.
Tues. 5th. - I made Blaine a shirt this forenoon. Mopped and baked cookies this aft. Cold today, nice sleighing now. The roads are full of sleds hauling logs and bolts. Grace baked cake. Blanche washed chairs, done up the morning work. Grace got dinner, Ralph worked in woods, Bakers today. Geo. went to corners this eve.
Wed. 6th. - Very cold. Liew Householder was burried today. Geo., Ralph, Blaine, Grace, Blanche went. Geo. got beans 25[cents], coffee 18[cents]. I baked 2 pies. Ralph worked in woods 1/2 day today. Brother Ed. (J. E. Kelly - Uncle Ed) phoned they were coming out tomorrow - Kuders too.
Thurs. 7th. - Cold but pleasant. Ralph worked in the woods, Baker's Woods. Geo. went to corners. Got butter. Ma and Mrs. Hurst came from B.G. today on a visit. I baked cookies and 2 pies. Blanche mopped, Grace and Blanche went sleighriding tonight. Carsons took the load to Bradner (Ohio). Ralph went to Lucky with Barber to a dance.
Fri. 8th. - Cold and pleasant. I and Blanche washed, Grace baked bread and mopped and done the other work. Geo. and Blaine hauled wood. Blaine cleaned out the stable. The sleighriders got home about 3 o'clock this morning. Ralph worked in woods, Bakers, went to lodge tonight. The school children were going sleighriding tonight. Leora and Eva got ready but they dident come. I am glad they dident because it is storming and cold.
Sat. 9th. - Cold and spitting snow. Blaine hauled feed. Husked. Geo. went to corners got sugar, 25[cents], butter 44[cents], mincemeat 25[cents], starch 10[cents]. I baked cookies, mopped, got dinner, supper and breakfast. Cleaned out cubby hole. Blanche cleaned front room, Ralph worked in Baker's Woods, went to corners tonight, got coal oil.
Sun. 10th. - Cold and pleasant. I baked 5 pies and bread. Bessie Nufer and Harry and another fellow and girl was here from Grand Rapids (Ohio) today, also Will McKean and Charlie Rice and Ed Nufer.
Mon. 11th. - Cold this mor. (morning) - pleasant, warmer and snowing this aft. I made Urban a waist outing flan. (Flannel). Blanche ironed, Grace done the other work. Blaine and Geo. hauled feed and wood. Ralph went to woods this mor. (morning). They quit work there Sat. The co. he works for got all the logs they want ---? They all went to corners.
Tues. 12th. - Cold and pleasant. Mr. Geo. Griner was burried today at Scotch Ridge. (Ohio). Geo. and Ralph went. We butchered the little black sow today this forenoon. I baked cookies and bread. Scrubbed. Geo. got sugar 24[cents], butter, tobacco.
Wed. 13th. - Cold but pleasant. Geo. helped McKean's butcher today. We washed today. Grace and Blanche. I worked on Leora's waiste. Ralph commenced work in Baker's Woods today. Blaine hauled feed and husked. Jim B. Brandeberry was here today to get Geo. to go over there and play the violin for a sleigh load. He went. They had an oyster supper. He took a girl to supper. Didn't get back till after 2 o'clock this morning. How's that for high? Ralph went to corners.
Thurs. 14th. - Cold and pleasant. Fine sleighing. I worked on Leora's waist. Grace ironed. Ralph worked in Baker's Woods. Blaine hauled corn and fodder, husked. I wont tell what Geo. done. I tried (fried out) lard this aft.
Fri. 15th. - Beautiful day, thawing - the snow some. Ralph worked in. Went to Pemberville to lodge tonight. Geo. and Blaine hauled wood. Geo. sprained his back. I finished Leora's waiste and Urban's waiste. Baked cookies, washed all the children this eve. I baked bread. Mopped. Grace patched stocking, made button holes in Urban's waiste. Blanche patched her dresses. Blaine went to corners, got sugar 24[cents], coffee 19[cents], raisins 25[cents], soap 15[cents] thread 10[cents].
Sat. 16th. - Warmer and cloudy, spitting snow this aft. We all went to Bowling Green today. Got a Family Group taken at Walkers. Was at Ma's. Pa is sick. Was at Jenny's a few minutes. Stopped at Ed's a few minuts. Looked over their new house. They just moved in. It is nice. Ralph went to corners, got butter 44[cents], coal oil 10[cents]. This is Blanche's birthday. She is 17 today.
Sun. 17th. - Not cold. Snowing most all day. Grace baked bread, I baked 3 pies. All at home. Geo. is crippling around with lame back.
Mon. 18th. - Warmer, snow melting. Ralph worked in woods, Bakers. Blaine husked corn. Went to Chamberlains after potatoes. Got 2 bu. 35[cents] bu. Grace went with him. Blanche baked came, I swept upstairs, scrubbed kitchen. We look for a crowd from Dunbridge (?) tonight but they didn't come. Eva and Urban got ½ bu. Apples at McKeans tonight - 25[cents].
Tues. 19th. - Cold and blowing, snowing. Ralph worked in Baker's woods ½ day. Went to corners tonight. I baked bread, 3 pies, cookies. Blaine husked corn. Geo. is no better. They girls went calling this evening.
Wed. 20th. - Cold and storming, Ralph worked in Baker's Woods cutting logs. I made Rex 2 shirts. The girls done the other work. Blaine done chores and husked corn. Blanche worked on her crazy patch work. Finished the sixth block. Has got 3 more to piece yet. Eva got an allmighty good whipped tonight. I willed it to her (?) and she got it all right. Eva, Leora and Urban went to school today. Pa's back is a mite better today. Rex is a little mischief tonight.
Thurs. 21st. - Very cold. I and Grace done a big washing today. Melted snow. Baked bread. Blanche done the other work. Ralph and Blaine hauled wood from Baker's Wood, hickory and white ash. Geo. is feeling better. Sawed wood.
Fri. 22nd. - Cold. This is Washington's Birthday. There is no school today, it is a holiday. Ralph is working in Baker's Woods. Grace ironed. Blanche made friters (?) I worked on Tute's and Rex's dress outing flannel. Ralph went to Pemberville (Ohio) to lodge. We went over to Payson's entertainment. Baked cookies and pie. I and Leora walked over to the Beeker School House. Payson put the entertainment off 2 weeks so we had our walk for nothing. Payson brought us home in the cutter. Good sleighing. Geo's back was so lame that he couldent go to the entertainment but after I had gone, he and Grace and Blanche went over to Jim Brandeberry's to a dance. Dident get back till after 3 o'clock the next morning. That is a new cure for lame back. He hasent had any sing (sign) of it since. What do you suppose I think of such work. They had an oyster supper. His back was so lame before that he couldent do only certain things. I had to rub it with linement and keep hot plates on it. I believe I will have the receipt published in the county paper for the benefit of others that is troubled with lame back.
Sat. 23rd. - Very cold. I was sick from the effect of my 3 mile walk last night. Grace baked bread and cake. Blanche cleaned up the front room Finished Tute's dress of coarse. Geo's back was all right so he sawed wood this forenoon. Went to corner's this aft. Got sugar 4 lbs. 24[cents], beans 4 lbs. 20[cents], tea ¼ lb. 15[cents], baking powder 10[cents], 2 lbs. raisins 24[cents], butter 16[cents] lb. 32[cents], tobacco 25[cents]. Blaine hauled feed and husked. Ralph went to the woods. He dident work much; he dident get home till 12 last night from Pemberville. Pa is sick. I got a letter and postal from there this week. He has Lagrippe. He was some better when they wrote.
Sun. 24th. - Cloudy today. All at home. I baked 4 pies, patched Ralph's Macadaw socks. Ralph and Grace, Blanche, Blaine started for Scotch Ridge to church this eve. It is a beautiful evening. Some of the church members went to sleep and snored. They were arguing about having a choir in church. Some were against it and some for it. Pete Householder is married. Got a woman in Mich.
Mon. 25th. - Warmer today. Snow going. Blanche gathered now to wash. Grace done the other work and got dinner. Had potato soup. I poaced Leora's plaid skirt down today. Baked bread. Ralph worked in Baker'sWoods. Blaine hauled feed. Ralph helped him this aft. Blaine went church to Scotland (Scotch Ridge (?)). They are having protracted meeting there. Geo. is grunting with lame back yet. I made a mustard plaster and put on it.
Tues. 26th. - cold today. I and Blanche washed today. Grace done the other work. Ralph quit work in Baker's Woods today. They brought there tools home this forenoon, husked (in the loft(?)). Nuit Muir left here today. His board come to $23.00. Paid $15.32 today. We intended to go down to Householders' to spend the eve, but Blanche got a fit and wouldent go, so we dident go. They popped corn and was all ready. Blaine and Grace went to church. Geo. went to B.G. today with Jim Brandeberry. Went after our pictures but they wasent done. Ralph just got home with some fish salt, 4 lb. 10[cents].
Wed. 27th. - Snowing and windy. I finished Leora's skirt. Blanche ironed. Grace done the other work. Ralph and Blaine hauled wood from Baker's Woods today. I and Grace and Blanche and Leora and Blaine went to church with Ropers tonight. Rev. Hubble preached from the 5th of Romans. Ralph went to corners. Got Roaled Oats 25, and sugar 24.
Thurs. 28th. - This is the last day of Feb. and a lovely day it is. Ralph, Geo. and Blaine sawed and split wood this forenoon. Geo went to Brandeberry's. Got a job of cutting wood at 55 and 60[cents] a cord. Blaine went to Pemberville to mill in the sled. It was slussy (slushy) in places. I and Grace and Blanche and Tute and Rex went with him for a sleighride. Stopped at Fream Long's a while. The 4 girls and Ralph and Blaine went to Scotland (Scotch Ridge(?)) to church this evening. Ralph baked the bread for us while we were away today and done it as good as any woman would.
Fri. 1st. March, 1901 - Pleasant, snow going off fast. Geo. and ROA (Ralph O. Aultman) and B.B. (Blanche and Blaine) (?) got potatoes 2 bu. At Chamberlians in sled. Took Brandeberry's sheep home. Looked at timber they are to cut. Hugh Roper's baby 1 week old, was burried at Scotch Ridge. They brought it from Valperaso, Ind. where they are going to school. ROA went to church this eve. Rev. Hubble preached a sermon to the young men. Grace baked cookies. Blanche swept up stairs. I done the other work.
Sat. 2nd. - Warm, snow most gong. Blanche baked cake and bread. Grace baked pies 4. Melted snow to wash Monday. Geo. went to corners. Got sugar 4 lb. 24[cents]. It's awful walking. So slushy. I patched. Eva got a letter from Florence Kuder. (Her cousin)
Sun. 3rd. - Warmer-snow gone. Everything looks black and dirty. Osker Kelly is here. Geo. cut his hair. He cut Geo's and Urban's. Looks like rain this aft. Blanche is getting dinner. Leora is helping.
Mon. 4th. (March, 1901) - Warm. Grace and Blanche washed. I done the other work. Grace went to church this eve. They had a new preacher. I cut out Eva a skirt this aft. Geo. went to the corners this Mon. Sent his voucher out. Got 2 yd. Lining 10[cents], yeast 5[cents]. Geo. and Ralph and Blaine cut wood in Brandeberry's Woods over on the ridge this aft. For Brandeberry. They get 55[cents] and 65[cents] per cord. Ralph had Dick the colt hitched up breaking him this morning.
Tues. 5th. - Awfull cold and windy and snowing, cold as it has been this winter. Geo. and Ralph out wood for Brandeberry today ¾ day. Blaine husked corn this forenoon. Helped Geo. and Ralph this aft. I baked bread worked on Eva's skirt. Grace and Blanche ironed. Blanche got some papers -Colerado from May Aultman. (Who was May?)________ I got a letter from Gen yesterday. Pa is well again - teaching.
Wed. 6th. - Cold today. Geo. and Ralph cut wood for Brandeberry. Blaine hauled feed this forenoon-helped Geo. and Ralph this aft. I made hominy today - worked on Rex's waiste. light calico that his Grandma Kelly gave him. Leora and Eva done the dishwashing. The girls read today. I patched Blaine's overhalls this eve. Eva went to the corners got 7 yd. of lining for her waiste. The girls went to church.
Thurs. 7th. - Warmer today. Geo. and Ralph cut wood for Brandeberrys today. Blaine husked the forenoon - helped cut wood at Brandeberrys this aft. Blanche baked bread and Grace baked cookies. Ralph got those things, an ax handle 30, tobaco 25, thread 5, this evening. Eva went to corners today instead of yesterday. I sewed. Blaine went to church this eve.
Fri. 8th. - Warm today but cloudy. Geo. and R.O.A. cut wood for Brandeberrys this aft. Grace is not very well-is troubled with her kidneys. She swept up stairs and down. Today Blanche put feet in stockings she is grunting to. I finished Rex's waiste - dressed him in pants and waiste today. He looked too cute for anything. He is only 2 years old. I think I will keep dresses on him a while yet. Ralph went to lodge tonight at Pemberville. It is raining. Geo. is reading a novel called "For the Love of Her". I don't think much of such work. I got a box with 12 stick pins in from New York today. I am to sell them at 10[cents] 1 piece and get a premium of a watch. The protracted meetings at Scotland closed this eve.
Sat. 9th. - Warm and rained most all day - getting colder this eve. I made Leora a sun bonnet today and baked bread. Ralph went to corners. Got butter 40[cents]. Geo has read For the Love of Her and is reading tonight. Ralph is reading in the New York Weekly. There is talk of having an Electric road through Scotch Ridge East and West. Blanche has the tooth ache today. She got a letter from Mrs. Denipace today from Lebanon. She is going to teach music again this summer. Grace got a letter from Mrs. Ellithorpe. She wants her to work for her this summer - wants her from April till Oct. $2.00 till Sept. then she would give her #3.00 for 7 weeks. Don't think she will go. It is too hard a place to work.
Sun. March 10th. - Warm and raining all day. All at home. Grace got dinner. Everything is mud and water. Geo. and Ralph are playing the violin and organ this eve.
Mon. 11th. - Cold and awful windy today. Geo. and Ralph and Blaine cut wood for Him. B. I baked bread. The girls worked on their quilts. Grace and Leora ironed. Blanche washed dinner dishes. Ralph went to corners. Got spool of thread. Got check $42.00. Grace got 2 letters. May and Pearl E. Geo. paid henry Hummel $4.00 Thrash Bill. (Ella, your nephew has mixed part of one day and part of another day. Wayne T. Kelly)
Tues. 12th. - Warmer today. We hung our clothes out this morning. Geo. and Ralph and Blaine cut wood for Jim B. today. Leora and Eva went to the corners - got sugar 25, coffee 17, butter 32, raisins 25, and nutmeg 5, calico 50. Grace baked cake. Blanche baked raisin pie. I made yeast. Got out 2 bu. turnips. We have lots of them and lots of cabbage. Bill Muir sent for Geo. to come to Pemberville.
Wed. 13th. - Raining most all day. Geo. and Ralph worked cutting wood for Jim B. I baked bread, the girls worked on their quilts---(This is what your nephew got out of place, Ella.)
Thurs. 14th. - Snowing and colder. Geo. went to Pemberville to see Hoymen and Bill Muir about this place. Muir wants the place. Ralph and Blaine sawed wood on woodyard. I finished Eva's pink dress, baked bread. Ralph went to corners Got 2 lbs. butter 32[cents].
Fri. 15th. - Cold and snowing most all day. Geo. went to corners this aft. Give (Gave) Bob Davidson $29.00. So he told me we owe Davidson $40.00 more yet. Ralph went to lodge, IOOF. Ralph shaved. I made Eva sun bonnet this eve. Geo. got sugar at corners. I and Grace, Blanche went to Payson's entertainment this eve. Blaine took us with Jim, the horse. Roads bad. Cold too.
Sat. 16th. - Pleasant. Geo. went to B.G. today. We mopped today. I baked bread, Grace cookies. Grace finished her cushion today that she has been working on for a year Hit". Ralph and Blaine went to the corners tonight. Eva washed dishes and lamps. Eva helped wash dishes. Urban hunted eggs. Tute and Rex run out doors and got their feet all muddy. Ralph and Blaine had Dick hitched in the buggy trying to break him. Well as this is all I will stop from Blanche, for ma got so tired she went to bed. Blaine and Ralph cleaned the stable.
Sun. 17th. - Pleasant and warm. This is St. Patricks Day. Geo. went over to McKeans and Brandeberry's today. Osker K (Kelly) was here for dinner. They went skunk hunting this aft. Got a wood chuck.
Mon. 18th. - Pleasant and warm but windy. Geo. and Ralph cut wood for Brandeberry. Blaine husked corn and done chores. There was a man here to see Geo. today. I think he was an agent. I cleaned our bedroom today. Baked bread. Grace worked on her handkerchief, Blanche baked 3 pies, 2 peach, one custard. Ralph went to corners. Took 2 ½ doz. eggs. Got sugar 25, soap 10, butter 56, tobaco 10. Grace done up Nuit's collar. Ralph took it to him this eve.
Tues. 19th. - Cloudy and raining this aft. Geo. and Ralph and Blaine cut wood for Brandeberry today. I washed. Blanche fixed over her blackskirt. Grace worked on her handkerchief. Eva got dinner. Leora helped some with washing. Ralph went to Pemberville to join the Rebeca Lodge tonight. They had a fine supper.
Wed. 20th. - Warmer and raining all day - getting colder this eve. and snowing. I sowed (sewed) today. Made Leora a light apron. Geo., Ralph and Blaine went to the corners. Got spool thread. Grace ironed and worked on her handkerchief. Blanche baked her father some cake - bread cakes. Ralph just got home and says the Electric Road is a sure thing. Osker K (Kelly) washere today to get Ralph or some of us to join the Gleaners. Geo. got sack of flour today $1.10. Charley Muir, Dr. Brown, Bob Muir and a man from Toledo and Colombus (Ohio) hold a sixth interest in the Electric Road. They are going to commence right away. Ralph O. Aultman just returned from Scotch Ridge. Everybody crazy over electric road. 9:30 o'clock. Bedtime. Good Night.
R.O.A. (Ralph) been to Scotch Ridge. Played pedro all afternoon. Joined Rebeccas last night. There were five new members with myself viz. Neut Muir, Frank Campbell of Toledo, Lewis Slees wife, Mrs. Berning of Luckey, Ohio.
Thurs. 21st. - Cold and snowing awful all day. Barbers moved in our folks house today. Harr moved out of the house this week. Geo. Ralph cut wood at Brandeberrys. Blaine helped this aft. Blanche made her an apron light today. Grace finished her kerchief. I fixed Leora light dress today. Tom Shanks was here to look at hogs. Leora made her an apron. Eva peaced quilt and sewed rags.
Fri. 22nd. - Has been a beautiful day, the sun shining all day. Ralph, Geo. and Blaine worked in the woods - Brandeberry's - today. I baked bread (or was it Eva? Manuscript not clear). I took a bath and that is something dreadful for me. Nothing of importance happened today but of course it must be written down. Roads awful muddy. I fixed Leora's pink skirt. Geo. went to corners tonight. Got butter, coffee, tea. Ralph went to Pemberville to Lodge.
Sat. 23rd. - Pleasant and warm today. Geo., Ralph, Blaine cut wood for Brandeberry. B. (Brandeberry) paid geo. $10.00 on wood. They shot B's oil well today. We heard and saw it shoot from here. They got oil. There was sale at Nelson Heckman's today. I done the work up stairs, got out 2 bu. of turnips and some cabbage. Grace scrubbed. Blanche cleaned front room and bedroom. Had everything out doors. Leora washed dishes and lamps. The men all went to corners tonight. Got yeast and soda. Urban fell in the Ditch today. He looked like a drowned rat. Eva shoved him. Raining tonight.
Sun. 24th. - Warm and pleasant. Geo., R.O.A. and B.B.A. went over to McKeans Sugar Camp this forenoon. McKean making molases. They got a new pan and put up a new shanty in the camp. Hank Weckman (or Heckman) is helping them. Hank Frobose was here. Him and Geo. went over McKeans Camp this afternoon. I and Geo. and Ralph took a walk back to the woods this evening. Went back to the big rock. The 4 girls, Grace, Blanche, Leora, and Eva went to New Rochester to church tonight. This morning Frank F. came home with Grace. Geo. said the bridge was full of krout. (What did he mean? W.T.K.) (Many trout under the bridge.) John (?) Hummel's baby is dead.
Mon. 25th. - Rained and thundered. The first thundering we have had this spring. I and Blanche and Grace washed. Got the washing done before the storm this afternoon. Ralph trimmed the apple trees this forenoon. Geo., Ralph and Blaine cut wood for Jim B. this afternoon. They quit cutting goday. Brought their tools home. Got gal. coal oil 11[cents] of oil man from Pemberville, A. Sillen. I fixed Leora's pink waiste this aft. Osker Kelly is here this eve. (Some one else finished the line by writing "Leota Belle Aultman".)
Tues. 26th. - Colder. I and Blanche and Eva ironed, Grace got dinner. George went to corners. Got butter, soda 10, yeast 5, soap 10, calico. We found two ----lambs this morn, one dead. I went down to Loomises. Got quart of vinegar. Give them cabbage for - 15[cents] a gallon. The men cut wood in our woods. Charlie Householder was here to look at that big stone in the woods. He is going to make a tombstone for Father and Mother Altman. Osker K. is here. He asked Rex where he was going. He said, "Out to Cocky." Blanche baked bread. Leora is sick today.
Wed. 27th. - Cold and snowing. Geo., Ralph and Blaine cut wood forms? - in our woods today. I and Grace and Leora and Eva cut and sewed carpet rags today. Blanche hunted for rug pattern in the Practical Farmer. Geo. went to corners this eve. Henry Shanks came home from school today. I can't think of the place. Another pair of twin lambs today.
Thurs. 28th. - Cold and pleasant today. Geo. went to Rook's sale. Ralph is complaining of headache today. Geo. and Blanche went to chamberlains after potatoes this aft. Got two bu. Got one gal. of maple syrup 80[cents] a gal. We sewed carpet rags today. Blanche baked bread today. Chamberlains has made 32 gal. of syrup. Geo., Ralph and Blaine went to corners tonight. Got flour $1.10 and butter. Osker K. was here this eve to see Ralph. We heard he was sick. Mamie Lonigan and Geo., her kid, was here after cabbage today.
Fri. 29th. - Pleasant but cold. Ralph and Blaine hitched Dick up and drove to the corners. Cut wood this afternoon for us. Ralph went to Lodge tonight. Urban has toothache. We sewed rags.
Sat. 30th. - Awfull cold today and stormy. Ralph went to Catawba Island today. Blaine took him to train, and I and Grace mopped. Blanche commenced her rug. Sweep room. Grace baked bread. Geo. went to corners this eve. Bought paper, pen, grit of Barben boys - 5[cents]. Urban is sick with toothache, cried all night.
Sun. 31st. - Beautifull today. Payson and Nell Drake were here. Geo went away this morning - dident get back till night ---. Urban is no better, face awfully swollen - effects of the toothache.
April - Mon. 1st., 1901 - Warm and pleasant today. Urban is no better. Has fever something like the grip. We had Dr. Whitaker for him today. Geo. went to election. Blaine moved fodder stack. Tom Shanks is sowing grass seed in the field in front of the house our today. Blanche baked bread and worked on her rug. Grace sewed carpet rags, and Leora; Eva is grunting. I took care of Urban.
Tues. 2nd. - Cold and snowing, turned to rain. Blaine commenced plowing today. Geo. went to corners. Got butter 35. Urban is no better. Dr. was here today to see him. B. worked on her rug and Leora ----. I keep hot clothes on Urban's face, give him fever drops every ½ hour. We got a letter from Ralph today. He has hired out to a man on Catawba Island by the name of Londy for twenty per mo. He wants him nine months.
Wed. 3rd. - Clousy and cold. We sent May Aultman one of our family group today. (Who was May?)________________. Blanche took it to the office. Got eleven yds. calico. Geo. got a letter from Baldin and Herington, his lawyer, our case is in court set for the 11th of April. Geo. went to Pemberville this aft. to see Hoyman. I commenced Eva's blue calico dress this aft. Blanche was reading my old Diary that I wrote in 1885-1886 this afternoon. The rest of us was listening. Urban is better today, sat up a while. I baked bread. Geo. and Blaine cut wood this forenoon. Leora and Eva are washing dishes. I patched a shirt and dwares (drawers).
Thurs. 4th. - Pleasant. I and Grace washed and mopped. Blanche done the cooking, made a bread pudding. Geo. went to Bowling Green today to see Baldwin (our lawyer). Walked. Blaine husked corn this forenoon, plowed this afternoon. I got three bushel turnips (from the cellar?). ---
Fri. 5th. - Cloudy - colder and drizzling this evening. Grace and Blanche ironed. I worked on Eva's dress. Blaine plowed. Hitched Dick, the colt, up this aft. (to the plow). He went quite good for the first time in the plow. Geo. sowed cabbage seed today. This is Good Fri. Went to the corners. Got sugar 25[cents], butter 22[cents], cabbage seed 10[cents], onion sets 30[cents]. Mrs. Dunipace, the music teacher, was here today to get scholars. I think Grace and Blanche will take. Blanche got another bundle of papers from May Aultman today.
Sat. 6th. - Cloudy and drizzling all day. Geo. went to B.G. Blaine went with him, got Froboses buggy. Got a new clock $6.75, a birthday present to me. I finished Eva's dress today, Blanche sweep upstairs and room and bedroom. Grace baked bread and cooked. Geo. went to corners. Will McKean went with him. Got two pair of stockings 20[cents], lard 22[cents].
Sun. 7th. - Cloudy, misting rain. This is Easter Sun. Geo. and I went down to Bill Muirs this aft. Was there for dinner. Bill and Bell have been married one year today. Left the Children all at home. Grace and Blanche went calling this eve.
Mon. 8th. - Colder and cloudy. I worked on Leora's blue calico dress. Blanche baked bread. Grace got dinner, done up work, helped sew. I took Put Loomis clock home this afternoon. We got seven gal. coal oil 11[cents], one sack flour $1.10, butter 30[cents]. There is school election tonight. Geo., Grace, Blanche, Blaine went. Blaine plowed some - cut wood. Urban got a new pair of shoes and stockings tonight. School commenced today. Miss Hughs teacher. Leora and Eva started.
Tues. 9th - Pleasant but windy. Planted corn this forenoon. Blaine hauled corn - fodder and all. Plowed. Geo. went to the corners to see Bill Muir. Stayed all day. Went to Brandeberry's, got home about 11 or 12 o'clock. I worked on Leora's dress this afternoon. Blanche is sick today. Dr. Whitaker was here after her to work. Grace went over to Mina Kelly's this aft.
Wed. 10th. - Pleasant but windy. This is my birthday. I am thirty-nine years old today. Born in 1862. I got a present of a clock, eight-day, nice one. I husked corn this forenoon. Blaine husked. Geo. came out after it was too dry to husk. He dident get up until 10:00. Him and Blaine hitched Dick up this aft. Plowed some, hauled in fodder. A man was here enlarging pictures and one taking the -----houses. Blanche worked on her rug, helped get supper. Geo. went to the corners this eve. Got tea. Urban started to school today. Will Waugh moved to New Rochester today. Jack Kelly was here to get Geo. to move him to the corners tomorrow. The bought the Geo. Griner property. Gave $275 dollars. (?) -----------------
Thurs. 11th. - Pleasant and warm. I baked bread. Geo. went to Bowling Green. Our suit was set for today. Lucy Kelly was here today. Mrs. Denipace, the music teacher, was here today. Grace and Blanche commenced taking lessons. The Pedler girl from Bowling Green was here today. Charlie Height was here after a girl. Dident get one. Grace was over to Em Kelly's this afternoon. Jack Kellys moved today to Scotch Ridge. (Where had they been living?)_________ Grace has a headache all the time. Think it is caused by her eyes. Pa just got home from Bowling Green tonight. The trial was put off till week from Monday.
Fri. 12th. - Warm and cloudy. Blaine plowed. Geo. looker over old letters. I ironed. Done up four sun bonnets. Grace don up the work this morning, Blanche at noon, Leora tonight. Ada and Herman McMaster came just as we were eating supper. Walked from Train Depot. They, Geo., Grace, Blanche, Ada went over to Brandeberry's to spend the evening. I wouldn't go because they played cards there. Got home about 11 o'clock. Shot a well on Jim Brandeberry's today. It is just in front of the Ridge Schoolhouse. They say it's the best well they have got. We got a letter from Ralph at Peachton.
Sat. 13th. - Cloudy and drizling this aft. Ada and Herman (who?) are here. I scrubbed and baked bread and cake. Grace baked three pies. I commenced cleaning the yard. Blaine plowed some this forenoon. Geo. is grunting, went to corners tonight. Will Froboise has a baby.
Sun. 14th. - Pleasant. Ada, Grace, Blanche went up to Wagoners this aft. Ada and Herman went home this aft. Blaine took them to Woodside. Geo. and I went over to Osker Kelly's this evening. Grace and Blanche, Edith Wagoner went to New Rochester to church this eve. John Froboise was here this aft. to here the music. Geo. was playing a violin and Blanche the organ.
Mon. 15th. - Beautiful day. I se out the onion sets and planted some potatoes. Geo. and Blaine husked corn this forenoon, ten shocks. Blaine finished plowing oat ground and dragged some this afternoon. I and Geo. husked this afternoon. They loaded a wagon box of corn.
Tues. 16th. - Pleasant. Osker and Geo. went to Bowling Green. Osker took a load of corn for Geo. - 1890 pounds. 53[cents] per hundred. They got home at 4:20 AM. Paid Frank Cabig $3.00 on meat account. I cleaned yard. Grace and Blaine helped this eve. I was so tired I couldn't hardly get to bed. Asked Blanche to get dinner. Do you suppose she done it? No! Blaine dragged and husked corn this forenoon.
Wed. 17th. - Cloudy and drizling. Geo. commenced sowing oats. Blaine hauled feed and husked. I baked bread and cakes, worked on Leora's dress this afternoon. Blaine went to corners. Got one sack flour $1.10, butter, lard, 1 gal,. tea $2.08. Blanche got a letter from May Aultman. She received our picture all right. Ned thinks Eva is the best looking. (Who is Ned?) Dick, that's Edith's man, thinks Grace is. (Edith who? _________) She told of an awful accident there. A father and mother and four little children got killed. Something fell on the house and smashed them. Three children were saved, two at school. The girls put in most of the day practicing. Blanche is huffy because I asked her to get dinner yesterday. Geo. went to the corners this eve. Henry Wiltses has a baby.
Thurs. 18th. - Cold and snowing and raining today. Geo. went to Pemberville this afternoon. I finished Leora's blue dress today. This is music teacher day but she didn't come. The children, Leora, Eva, Urban dident go to school today because it was so stormy. Geo. and Osker got home at half past 2 AM.
Fri. 19th. - Cold and windy. I and Blanche washed, Grace washed her lavender dress. Mrs. Denipiece was here today. Gave Grace and Blanche lessons. Geo. finished sowing oats, Blaine dragged oat ground. The man that took the pictures of the house brought one framed, charged one dollar for it. We didn't take it. Geo. was to be in the pictures, but for some unaccountable reason he was not on it. Grace, Blanche, Tute and Rex was in the picture. They were taking all the houses. I and Blaine was out husking corn when he was here. Geo. went to corners. Got butter and sugar 25[cents], oil cloth 40[cents].
Sat. 20th. - Aufull cold and aufull windy. Geo. and Blaine hauled a load of corn to Silas Canfield. Got 55[cents] per bushel. Come to $11.40. Got two bushel potatoes at Chamberlain's. Paid him three dollars, what we owed him. I sweep upstairs and Grace scrubbed. I helped iron. Grace, Blanche and Leora all helped. Blanche baked a cake. Grace baked four pies. Geo. went to the corners this evening.
(Blanche Aultman's writing)
Sun. 21st. - Cold and windy. It rained all day today and raining yet. We are all at home but Ralph, and he is at the Island yet. Oscar is here this evening. Grace read in those papers May Aultman sent to me. She read, "The Lady of Diedwood." I dident do much of anything but thump on the organ. Written by Blanche --- I expect Ma will scratch it out when she sees it. Blanche Ruth Aultman, Scotch Ridge, Ohio.
Mon. 22nd. Warmer and pleasant today. Geo. went to Pemberville to see Belle Muir. He offered her $800 for her share in the place. She won't take it, wants more. (Was Belle your father's sister?) I and Blaine husked corn this forenoon. Geo. got home at 10 o'clock. Blaine hauled fodder and corn this afternoon. Blanche got dinner, baked bisquits. Grace baked bread. Practiced their lessons. Blanche is learning Alpine Glow. Grace is learning Waltz. Rain tonight. Too wet to work.
Tues. 23rd. - Cloudy and chilly. Geo went to Bowling Green. Got Blaine a watch. Got Ben Hur 25[cents], Ely Greens 25[cents]. Geo. got some music today. Got home at 10 PM. Osker got our buggy to go to B.G. today. I and Grace Washed, Blanche done work and got dinner. Blaine separated the cows and tinkered around. Billy Kimmels has twins, one dead. Got a letter from Ralph at Peachton, also from Dell and Florence.
Wed. 24th. - Cloudy, rained this afternoon. Geo. went to Jim Brandeberry's to sow grass seed. Gone all day. Him and Jim went to the corners this eve. I fixed Tute's and Rex's pink dresses larger today. Blanche baked bread. Grace dampened the clothes, made potato soup for supper. Blaine commenced plowing in the field north of the house. It was too wet so he quit. Hauled feed. There were some rag peddlers here selling brooks. Sold twenty cents worth of rags and rubbers, got three brooms, gave 28[cents] for the two. The rags paid for the other. Blaine went to the corners this evening. Got one sack flour $1.10.
Thurs. 25th. - Pleasant but awfull muddy. Mrs. Dennipace, the music teacher was here, gave Grace and Blanche lessons, give Blanche "Ben Hur", Grace "Apple Blossom March" and another one. Then had Blanche and Grace sing "She Was Happy Till She Met You" together. Blaine husked corn, him and Geo. cut some wood, Geo. went to corners this morn and eve. Got butter. Eva has pink eye. Milt Warner is home from the Philinoes Island, has his relics, a lot of them, at the corners. I ironed, Grace helped. There was a fish pedler here. We got 6 lbs. cat fish 75[cents]. I patched this afternoon.
Fri. 26th. - Pleasant and warm. I and Grace scrubed. I baked B. Geo. and Blaine tore down the old chicken coop at the log house, pooling stones out, getting ready to plow. The small pox is raging in and Luckey Portage. It scares me, there is 15 homes quarrentined.
Sat. 27th. - Warm. Blanche baked cake, Jersey had a little heifer calf today. Geo. went to Bowling G. got pair of lines $2.75, got home at 7 o'clock tonight. Ma came from B.G. today, Payson brought her. Blaine went to corners got sugar 25, coffee 17 ct.
Sun. 28th. - Very warm and pleasant. Payson and his girl, Miss Drake, and Fawley and Maggie Fish were here today. Jack Kelly and Mina and the children Ellen and Ester were here for dinner. I and Ma and Geo. went over to Barbers they live on the (our) old Farm. (Whose old farm? Aultman? Kelly?) Grace and Blanche went to New Rochester to christian endever.
*(Ralph Altman, Were these Ella's cousins? John Cyrus Kelly, son of Cyrus H. Kelly.)
Mon. 29th. - Very warm. I and Ma was down to Mell Loomises this forenoon. I got 1 gal. lard. Geo. went to the corners got meat, butter 1 lb., ticking 10[cents] 10 yds. I and Ma went over to Hummels this aft. She wasent at home so we stopped at Emma Kellys. Stayed for supper. Ida cow found a calf tonight. It's a big steer, Grace milks the cows and feeds the calves. Milt Warner from the Philapines was here today, stayed all night. Geo. and Blaine plowed in field north of the house today with Dick the cold this aft.
Blaine plowed with Jim and Snip this forenoon. Grace's talking to Hank F. this eve, he rode by on his wheel.
Tues. 30th. - Very Warm. We all have the spring fever. We commenced cleaning house today took 2 carpets up mopped and cleaned, pounded carpet. Grace and blanche went down to see Doll Loomis this morn. She is grunting. Charley Muir bought load of corn (58 cts per 100) and 15 shocks this aft, got $15.00. Ma went back to B.G, today. Payson took her his school closed today till the small pox scare is over Geo. went to the corners this eve. got butter and Grace and Hank are talking out at the road this eve. him in the road and her at the fence the children took off their shoes today.
May - Wed. 1st. - Cool but pleasant. I and Blanche cleaned close press put down carpet filled 2 tick[manuscript unclear] Geo. is sick this morn. Blaine plowed, hauled feed Charley Muir got his corn fodder Blaine got 4 bu. potatoes at Chamberlans this aft. Grace baked bread.
Thurs. 2nd. - Pleasant warm. Greeg sheated the sheep today was 2 hours shearing 12 sheep charged 7 cts per head. I and Blanche washed today put clothes out to bleach washed carpet. Mrs. Denipace M.T. was here give Grace and Blanche lessons. Geo. is better him and B. plowed with Dick and Jim this aft. got a letter from Ralph at Peachton this eve he got shoes $1.75 sliper 1.25 shirt 75cts gloves 25 hankerchiefs 15cts hair cut 20 cts. Looks stormy tonight thundering and lightning.
Fri. 3rd. - Pleasant but cold wind. I and Blanche put down carpet upstairs I filled tick we finished upstairs today Grace baked bread done the cooking, milking and feeding calves Blaine plowed with Snip and Jim this forenoon Geo. and Blaine plowed with Dick and J. this aft Blaine loaded up corn they took it over to Silas Canfields this eve got 58 cts per 100 Eva took bed room carpet up downstairs today Blanche sewed the carpet together that we washed yesterday, moved there bed upstairs today. Geo. went to corners, got sugar 25 cts, got a postal from Ralph saying he had sent those strawbery and Rasbery plants.
Sat. 4th. - Pleasant cold this morn and white frost. Blaine and Geo. plowed with Dick, took load corn to Silas Canfield 3100 lbs, 60 cts per 100 wagon and all. I and Grace and Blanche scrubbed, Blanche baked cake, her and Grace baked 4 pies, I done up shirts and collars. There was an automobile went by here today, May 4, 1901. Geo. got meat at corners.
Sun. 5th. - Pleasant. Geo. went to Bill Burdos funeral at Scotch Ridge, was one of the pall bearers. Lucky and Birtha and Fed Demosky and Frank Hummal were here today, the girls went a piece with them and stopped at Hummals. Grace and Frank Froboise are talking, cool this eve.
Mon. 6th. - Pleasant part of day. I and Blanche took up room carpet washed windows and woodwork. Grace baked bread, Rinched up clothes, Blained plowed old garden. Geo. helped for potatoes, Leora got dinner. Geo. got paper for roof this eve $1.00, got 3 pair stocking, shirt 40 cts.
Tues. 7th. - Pleasant. Rained the aft. We got those plants from Catawa Island that Ralph sent. We commenced papering room today. Geo. got lime and plastered holes. We set out Rasberrys. Mail woman brought them, gave her 25 cts. Blaine plowed got about through. Blanche wrote to Eunice Martish this eve, we wrote to Ralph.
Wed. 8th. - Rained this forenoon, pleasant this aft. Geo. is planting potatoes in old garden. I and Blanche finished papering and put down carpet in front Room, put up lace curtains. I set out strawberrys this eve. Grace and Leora done the cooking and milking, Grace sewed piece on carpet. Blaine finished plowing field north of house, hauled fodder.
Thurs. 9th. - Rained this aft, awful hard. Snip has a little he colt today, Brown and chestnut with bald face. Mrs. Denipace, Music Teacher was here today, gave G. and B. lessons, rained and thundered and lightend awful while she was there. The small pox is getting closer. I and Blanche put bedroom carpet down, cleaned it. Grace washed and Baked, Leora helped. Geo. finished planting potatoes. Blaine commenced plowing in little field east of woods. The assessor was here today. -Leora, Eva and Urban hasn't been to school for two weeks afraid of small pox. (L.B. Aultman) -Urban helped plant potatoes and cover
Fri. 10th. - Pleasant this aft - cloudy this forenoon. I washed 4 blankets and colored clothes, rugs, carpets. Grace helped, Blanche is sick. Geo. is husking corn, Blaine too. It is too wet to plow. Geo. went to corners this aft, got his alarm clock and raison, he got with tobacco bags.
Sat. 11th. - Cold and windy and cloudy this forenoon, pleasant this aft. Blaine got 1 sack flour today, $1.10. I and geo. and Blanche went to B.G. today, got Bedroom Suit $22.00, Mattress $2.50, springs $2.60, Rocking chair $1.25 at Richcricks, was out of fans. Ma and Pa have moved there and are boarding, pay $4.00 per week for the 2, $2.00 a piece.
Sun. 12th. - Cold and cloudy. Blanche baked 3 pie-plant pies, Edith Wagoner and Arnie Zimmerman were here today. Grace and Blanche went to church at New Rochester these eve. Geo. and Blaine went Bumming around some where this aft, over to Pins PO and Surplus.
Mon. 13th. - Pleasant but cold, big front last night. This is Graces birthday, she is 19 yrs. old today. Richcrick delivered our bedroom suit today, bedstead, dresser commode $22.00, Oak mattress $2.50, Spring $2.50, Rocker $1.25. I washed today put the clothes to Bleach. Blanche done up morning work and got dinner. Grace helped wash. Her and Blanche went down to Blacks to practice for Decoration, stayed for supper. Geo. went to corners took eggs, got 3 cakes soap, sugar 26cts. Blaine plowed, Geo. husked corn. Leora, Eva, and Urban started school again today.
Tues. 14th. - Pleasant but cool. I cleaned old kitchen today. Blanche cleaned in new kitchen. Grace baked bread, done the other work, Blaine plowed, Geo. husked.
Wed. 15th. - Pleasant. I finished cleaning woodwork in kitchen. Blanche finished woodwork, 3 doors. I and Blanche washed sealing in kitchen we moved stove in summer kitchen. Grace churned, done other work, practiced her lesson. Blaine plowed, Geo. helped. We went over to Walt Davidsons this eve. Geo., Ella, Grace, Blanche. Got a letter from R.O.A. at Peachton.
Thurs. 16th. - Pleasant. I scrubbed, moved in summer kitchen. Commenced papering in kitchen. Geo., I and the girls are doing the papering. Mrs. Denipace, music teacher, was here gave Grace and Blanche lessons.
Fri. 17th. - Pleasant. We finished papering room. Papered hall, put down hall carpet. Grace rinced up clothes, Blanche helped paper. They, the girls - 3 of them, went down to Blacks to practice for Decoration. Mr. and Mrs. Hausen and Harry Sifty were here this eve. Brought Blaine this aft.
Sat. 18th. - Pleasant but cool. This morn I washed bedroom carpet. Papered buttry. Blaine dragged, Geo. husked this forenoon. Blanche baked cake, sweep upstairs. Geo. went to corners this eve. Mrs. President McKinley is dead, died in San Francisco. They were taking a pleasure trip.
Sun. 19th. - Cold but pleasant. I baked bread. Osker Kelly, Em and the children were here this aft, stayed for supper. Grace and Blanche were at Wagoners for supper. They all went to Brandeberrys this eve.
Mon. 20th. - Cold and cloudy, rained some. This is Blaine's birthday. He is 15 yrs. old today. He dragged today. Geo. sowed hungarian seed for Demoskys this forenoon, husked corn this aft. Finished husking, went to corners got flour $1.10. Bob Davidson is sick with Typhoid pneunemonia. Young Walt. D. is sick too, with small pox. I expect they are dying with it in Luckey, new cases in Pemberville. I washed, Blanche cleaned bedroom. I filled tick. Blanche put down carpet. Grace done the cooking, Leora done the dish washing. Eva and Urban tended the cows.
Tues. 21st. - Rained all day today. - All we done today was eat, all though Ma finished her kitchens. Blanche baked some lovely bread today. We finished cleaning house yesterday. Pa was to the corners got a letter from Ralph to Blaine, but it was "strictly private" so the rest of us didn't get to read it. Mrs. Shanks fell of a step ladder (while hanging curtains) and broke her arm just above the wrist. Ma is writing to R.O.A. Grace just came in from the poody house, went 7:15 and it is now 8:25. Ha! Ha! Grace and I have been telling our fortunes. Well good bye my dear old diary till I come again. "Blanche" Pa is making goo-goo eyes to me tonight. Oh he is a corker. -
Wed. 22nd. - Pleasant. Geo. and Blaine finished plowing garden and plowed lot and dragged corn ground, plowed some in old field. I and Blanche and Grace ironed today, Eva's white dress and Leora's. Set out cabbage plants this eve, churned today. There was 2 calf pedlers here today. Bud Davidson has the small pox. Geo. went to corners. School closed yesterday on account of small pox. Geo. got coffee, thread. Blanche is writing to Aunt Sade this eve. (Aunt Sade Aultman?) Grace's taking a bath.
Thurs. 23rd. - Warm and pleasant. Geo. and Blaine finished working corn ground planted some for the first. I planted peas and beets and mangoes seed today, hoed garden went down to see Mrs. Shanks this aft. Her broken arm makes her about sick. I got 7 lbs. lard of Mrs. Loomis. Mrs. Shanks give me some flower seed and plants. Grace and Blanche went to corners to get the small pox I guess. Half past 9 and they are not home yet. Stayed out all night with Mag Mufer.
Fri. 24th. - (different writing) Windy today. Blanche and Grace staid some where all night last night and didn't get home till today noon. (Normal handwriting) I washed 2 straw ticks and a line full of colored clothes. Blanche planted flower seeds. Grace helped wash and get dinner, sweep all over upstairs and down, made 5 beds. Geo. planted corn, Blaine plowed old field.
Sat. 25th. - Cold, rained this forenoon, drizled. Blaine plowed this aft. I made Leora a white skirt. We set up a stove in the dining room, got from Ob??. Virgil Kelly got cabbage plants. Blanche baked 7 loaves of nice bread. Grace churned. Mrs. Hanson was here to invite us over. It was too wet to plant corn. We all went down to Elmer Hansons this eve to hear the talking machine, didn't get back till 12 o'clock. Mrs. Hansons brother has the machine. Wes Jinnasons family, 9 of them were there. Harv Shanks was there. Rained tonight.
Sun. 26th. - Drizzling all day and cold. It is a lonesome day. Blaine went over to Tom Waughs with Earl Barber today. Geo. has the tooth ache.
Mon. 27th. - Rained all day. We, I and Blanche washed. Grace and I done the milking and cooking. Geo. has the toothache. I sewed rags for B. rug and hemmed Eva's skirt. Grace took a dose of caster oil. Woe to the one that sleeps with her. Blanche worked on her rug. Her and Geo. is furnishing us music on the organ and violin this eve.
Tuesday 28th. - (Leora writing today) Rained all day. I baked bred. Leora washed dishes. Grace milked cows. Rex woke up sick tonight. I guess he's got worms. Osker Kelly was here to get his hair cut. Pa cut his and he cut Pa's We went down after the mail with Osker, tonight the fields are standing full of water. We havent got hardly any corn planted yet.
Wed. 29th. - Cold and raining this morning. (Got letter from Ralph tonight.) Cleared up long enough for us to dry our clothes. Rex is not very well yet today. Blaine went to corners for 1 sack flour $1.10 Paid. Castoria for Rex 35 cts. Snub Muirs have the Small Pox, Bud Davidson is getting better of it. Geo. and Blaine got Potatoes 4 bu of Demoskys today. Grace ripped up her old black skirt and washed it and is going to make it over. Blanche is making Eva a doll dress, red and black. Rain bow tonight. Got a letter from B.G. tonight.
Thurs. 30th. - Pleasant part of the day. This is Decoration Day. It rained a shower. There was a few went to the Semetry and deocrated the graves but dident meet at school house on account of Small Pox. Blanche washed colored clothes this forenoon. I ironed some this aft. Blanche washed colored clothes this forenoon. I ironed some this aft. baked bread. Grace sold her calf today, got $8.75 for it. A pedler from B.G. for it. She worked on her skirt today. Geo. went to corners got sugar, matches 25 cts. Bob Davidson was at the store for the first since he was sick. Mrs. Denipace dident come today, suppose she is sick.
Fri. 31st. - Pleasant today. Raining this evening. I and Grace ironed. Grace churned. Blanche swept all over the house and made beds. Finished her rug. This is the last day of May. George went to corners. Got oats, 25[cents], tomatoes 25[cents], coffee 75[cents], vanilla 10[cents]. Not paid. Blaine cleaned stable. Him and Geo. cut wood.
June 1, 1901 - Sat. - Pleasant. I and George and Grace went to Bowling Green today. Grace had her eyes examined, Got glasses. Cost $6.50. She got slippers $1.50, shirtwaist 89[cents], cloth for to piece down skirt, 2 yd $1. Got Blanche shirtwaist - 89[cents], corset 50[cents],. I got 41 yd. of muslin, 10 yds. edging, 20[cents], Indian linon for Leora's white dress 1 ½ yds. 10[cents]. Bottle pearces favorite perscription, $1.00, pills, 25[cents]. Blanche baked bread, pies, cake - scrubbed, make beds.
Sun. 2nd. - Pleasant today all at home but Ralph. We looked for him but he didn't come. Walt Davidson, Milt Warner, young Jim Brandeberry and wife, Payson Kelly and Miss Whitman were here this afternoon. Payson and girl stayed for supper ----
Mon. 3rd. - Pleasant. Grace churned. I got muslin ready to bleach. Blanche sewed lace on Eva's ruffles. I put one on. Worked on her skirt. Grace got some tomatoes plants at Em Kelly's. I and Blanche set them out. Geo. went to corners, got flour, $1.10 - not paid.
Tues. 4th. - Warm today. Blaine commenced plowing in west cornfield today. Most too wet, yet. Geo. helped Blaine and cut hay. I baked bread, basted the other ruffle on Eva's white skirt. Blanche sewed lace on. There was some movers went by today. Stopped here and begged bread or anything to ear. I didn't give them anything. Thought we had enough to feed. Geo. went to corners. Bud Davidson is able to be at the store.
Wed. 5th, 1901 - Pleasant but hot, sunny and cloudy at intervals. Blaine dragged and marked out corn ground in the old field south of the woods. Pa and Ma (Alfred and Emaline Kelly?) planted sweet corn and cocumbers (cucumbers). Ma set out cabbages this eve. Pa went to the corners after the mail. Got a letter from ROA (Ralph Aultman). I made me a necktie today, cleaned the room, carried 9 pails of water to wash with. Grace tended to the milking and milk. Leoria done dishes and swept. Looks like rain this eve. Mr. Bowen (?), the grocer from Pamberville - ma sold two (2_ lb. butter, 14[cents], 2 doz. Eggs, 10[cents]. Got 3 cakes soap, 10[cents], 2 hates, 10[cents] and 25[cents], 3 lemons, 5[cents] but one of them was an orange by mistake. It is the first butter we have sold.
Thurs. 6th. - Warm and cloudy - rained some this afternoon. I and Blanche done a big washing today. Blanche baked, Grace churned, Blaine finished marking out in the old field - dragged on new ground across the ditch - commenced marking out. George planted old field today. (How?) Hand planter? 2 horse check-row planter?) There was a woman here begging for money or anything to send to her boy that is deaf to school. I dident give her anything. She had 3 children with her. The little girl said they lived near Woodville. Geo went to corners (daughter writing) ---Brandeberrys went fishing today. Music teacher wasn't here today. Miss Denapice. Blanche is writing to Ralph.
Fri. 7th. - Cold and windy today. Geo. went to plaster for Bob Householder this afternoon. John came after him. Grace and Blanche went down to Hansens tonight. They was going to have a dance. George planted corn this forenoon. Blaine plowed and dragged. I swept upstairs today. (Ella's writing again)
Sat. 8th. - Pleasant but cold for June. I and Blanche ironed. Grace baked lemon pies. I and Grace scrubbed. Leora scrubbed summer kitchen. Blaine plowed in new ground. Geo. cut grass. They hauled wood and grass. Went to corners. Got sugar, pants for Urban.
Sun. 9th. - Pleasant but cold air. All at home but Ralph. Milt Warner, Ida Davidson, Edith Con. Gertie, Payson Kelly was here today. Grace and Blanche went to Zimmerman's this eve. Blaine to Demoskey's to (too)?
Mon. 10th. - Cold. Grace churned. Blaine plowed and dragged on new ground. George replanted. Aufull dry. Got a postal from Mrs. Denipace. We bought a rocking chair off a wagon today--$1.25. Renced up muslin today.
Tues. 11th. - Very warm today. Mrs. Denipace was here today. Gave Grace and Blanche lessons. Blaine finished plowing in new ground today. I baked bread. Geo. replanted. I ironed muslin, basted up sheets Made 4.
Wed. 12th. - Warmer, 94 in shade, warmest day this spring. Dr. Whitaker came here this morning at 5 o'clock to get Geo. to go with him and the Constuble and take Snub Muir home. His folks all have the smallpox and he won't go home. They didn't find him. (Ever find him ROA?) Anna has it auful bad. The pedler from Pemberville was here. I sold 4 lbs. butter 14[cents], 1 ½ doz. eggs. Got 5 yds. 30[cents] blue calico, pepper 10[cents], soap 3 cakes 12 [cents] - 21[cents] in mon-thread, 5[cents]. Blaine dragged and marked out one way and part of the other way. Geo. cut rye out of wheat. I made 2 sheets this aft.
Thurs. 13th. - Cooler today. Rained this aft. the first we have had lately. I washed, set out cabbage. Grace ironed her lavender dress and some muslin. I ironed muslin. Blanche got dinner and helped get supper-had potatoe salad. We set out cabbage, plowed potatoes. George and Blaine planted corn this forenoon on new ground. Blanche hemmed 2 sheets this aft.
Fri. 14th. - Warm. I hoes in garden this forenoon. Geo and Blaine finished planting corn today. Planted a patch of potatoes this aft. Blaine hauled hay up. They replanted. We had strawberry short cake for supper -wild strawberries. I and Eva and Urban got them. Blanche swept upstairs. Grace baked bread. Geo. got his check cashed tonight.
Sat. 15th. - Warm this morning and cloudy, cold this afternoon and eve. George went to Grand Rapids to catch fish. Geo. Jolly drove. Rice's went. (did anybody catch any fish?) I and Grace set out plants this forenoon. Grace scrubbed, Blanche swept and cleaned room. Baked cake. Blaine went to Bowling Green and got his wheel fixed, ate dinner with his Uncle Ed K. (J.E. Kelly) He got 2 bu of potatoes at Damoskey's 50[cents]. Paid $1 that we owed them for potatoes. Eva went to corners, got can of coffee.
Sun. 16th. - Cool but pleasant. Grace churned today. 9 o'clock and George hasn't got back from fishing. Grace and Blanche went over to Shears to a party tonight. Guess Blaine went too-No he didn't. and took them in their buggy.
Mon. 17th. - Pleasant this forenoon. Rained this aft. Grace and Blanche washed today. Blaine got 1 sack of flour, $1.10. I baked bread. Geo. got home from Grand Rapids this aft. Dident get any fish. Blaine replanted corn. The dogs killed one of our sheep.
Tues. 18th. - An awful hot day. we ironed, got a mess of strawberrys tonight. Dewey had pups "nit" Pa hoed. Potatoes is bugs. Blaine plowed corn.
Wed. 19th. - We got up at four o'clock this morning to go to the fireman's tornament. It commenced to rain and we thought we wouldn't get to go but it soon quit and Blaine went on his wheel and Ma, Grace, Leora and I drove old Jim up there and had a gay time. Got home at dark. Ma got Eva a pair of shoes $1.25, 10 yds. lace 20[cents], insertin 5[cents], ½ doz. oranges 10[cents], stamps 10[cents], Leora hat, $1.50. Geo. stayed with kid and hoed potatoes.
Thurs. 20th. Rained nearly all day. Baked bread, churned. The music teacher was here today. Blaine and I went back to the strawberry patch and got soaking wet. I wrote to Ada and Blanche today. (Was this Ada Long?) Ma, Pa, and Grace are writing to Ralph today. It is so wet we can't do anything out of doors, but let water of corn ground. Geo. was over to Jim Brandeberry's. Bees swarmed today.
Fri. 21st. - Cloudy. Mrs. Whitaker was here after girl to clean house. I cleaned Safe, swept upstairs. Geo. went to B.G, Blaine took him part way. Started to look for a place. Rained tonight.
Sat. 22nd. - Pleasant. Blaine plowed potatoes, went to corners for yeast, 5[cents], darning needles, soap 15[cents], socks 10[cents], beans 25[cents]. Put mosquito netting in windows. I and Grace scrubbed, Grace baked cookies, Blanche cleaned room, made pies. Leora cleaned kitchen. Grace and Blanche and Blaine were over to Barber's this eve.
Sun. 23rd. - Beautiful day. Grace and Blanche were to Brandeberrys this afternoon, to Hansen's this eve. _____, _____ and _____ were here this aft. Geo. hasn't got back yet - G. and B. just got back from Hansens.
June, Mon. 24, 1901 - Pleasant. I and Blanche washed. Grace churned-helped with other work. Geo. got home this morn about 2 o'clock. We had an awfull thunder storm tonight and rained awfull. Very hot and sultry, too wet to work. Turned Dick in pasture today. (Who was Dick?) (a Horse)
Tues. 25th. - Very warm, thundering this eve. I made sheets, sewed the lace on Leora's white dress and put ruffle on. Blanche baked bread. Grace done a general straitining up about cupboard and washed dishes. Geo. wrote to that real estate man at Toledo, went to corners, got flour $1.10, sugar 25, thread 5.
Wed. 26th. - Very hot. Blanche done a big ironing. Grace tied a comforter. Jesse Barber hoed corn this aft. We gave him 25[cents] and his supper. I washed 2 quilts today. Payson was here for supper. Geo. got letter from real estate man at Toledo. Blaine hoed corn. Geo. cut weeds along road. I cut out Rex and Tute's blue dress.
Thurs. 27th. - Very warm. Mrs. Denipace, music teacher, give G. and B. lessons today. We had green beans for dinner. We baked bread. Geo. hoed in lot. Blaine cultivated. Grace churned.
Fri. 28th. - Warm. Had a big rain this mon. Blaine cultivated till it rained. George cut weeds. (In pencil some one wrote Urban Aultman and forgot to cross the t.)
Sat. 29th. - Warm. Blanche swept (Ella wrote "sweep") up-stairs. Grace sweep in room. I baked Bread. (Ella usually spelled bread with a capital B) I and Blanche scrubbed. Leora scrubbed old kitchen. Leora and Eva went to corners. Leora got her pair of shoes, box of oats 25[cents], soap 10cts., creal coffee free. Eva hair ribbon 5 cts. Geo. and Blaine went to B.G. (Bowling Green) this aft. Took wool. Got Blaine straw hat, 25[cents], me a rapper, 100 baby ribbons 6 cts. Urban summer suit 50 cts.
Sunday 30th. - Last day of June, very warm. Tired. Demoskey and Fred Eskadore were here this aft. I and Geo. were over to Osker's this aft. They were here this eve. (Oscar and Emma Walker Kelly-do you remember Irma Kelly Nolte?)
Mon. July 1, 1901 - Very warm. Grace and Blanche washed. I churned, got dinner, worked on Tute's and Rex dresses this aft. (Was this a dash churn or barrel churn?) Blaine got Barber's sulkey cultivator and cultivated today. Geo. hoed weeds. Geo. got 6 lbs. bacon, sugar #4, soda, P. Powder (baking powder probably).
Tues. 2nd. - Warm. Grace ironed. Blanche Baked Bred, I finished Tute's and Rex dresses today. Grace and Blanche went over to Elie Weights. Stayed for supper. Went to Jimison's. Ray brought them home. Blaine cultivated, Geo. hoed -----
Wed. 3rd. - Very warm. Ralph came home from the Island today. Nuit Muir came too. (Was Nuit a brother of Bill Muir?) Blaine met them in Pemberville. Ralph quit at Loudys today. He dident want him to come home. He was there 3 months. I baked 2 pies - raspberry-cookies. Grace and Blanche went berrying got 1 gal. berries. Blaine cultivated. George hoed - went to B.G. with Barber to get twine. Him and Ralph went to corners, got lemons, salmon, Fire crackers. We have 4 new lambs.
Thurs. 4th of July - All at home today. Geo., Ella, Ralph, Grace, Blaine, Leora, Eva, Urban, Tute, Rex. Very warm. Geo. and Ralph got 1 bu. cherrys at Clutes today, $1.60 bu. We had the aufullest rain this eve. We have had this summer. Thunder and lightning, rained all night. The people that went to Perysburg dident get home till 5 o'clock the next morning. Blaine broke his wheel today. Mrs. Denipace didn't come.
Fri. 5th. - Ralph went back to Island today to get his money and clothes. Blaine took him to Pemberville. I and the girls canned the cherries today. Got 10 qu. Out of 1 bu. Geo. picked one gal. of raspberries today - wild. Urban and Eva helped. Blanche fixed over her pink dress this aft. Raining again tonight. Wheat ready to cut. Lots of it lodged. We have a beautiful wheat this year - the best around here.
Sat. 6th. - Warm. Ralph came back from the Island today. Geo. is sick today with heart trouble. Barber commenced cutting Shanks' wheat today in front of our house. Broke down. I cleaned up stairs, made 2 pies, scrubbed, baked bread. Blanche washed their pink dresses and I ironed them. Grace churned.
Sun. 7th. - Cold today, all at home. Jesse Powers was here. Geo. was over to Jim Bs. (Jim Brandeberry). Him and Ralph went to Walt Davidson's this eve. Grace and Blanche were over to Zimmerman's this eve. Jessie Jimmason and Julia and Hazel were here today. (Julia and Hazel Jimmason??) Aufull cold and drizling this aft., and eve.
Mon. 8th. - Cool. Grace and Blanche washed. Ralph cleaned weeds out of strawberries. Geo. hoed in garden. Blaine plowed corn this aft. Him and Ralph hauled load of wood. I and Leona done the house work. Urban and Eva picked bugs. I and Leora picked 1 ½ gal. wild raspberries.
Tues. 9th. - Warmer. Barber cut our wheat today. Blaine got sack flour $1.10, beans, tomatoes 25, sugar 25 at corners. Not paid. Geo., Ralph, Blaine shocked wheat. Grace ironed. Blanche trimed over her hat, helped iron and bake bread. I baked 2 pies - raspberry-for dinner. had raspberry short cake for supper, potato salid, baked beans. Ralph, Grace, Blanche went to Cloverdale to a dance tonight. (What did they dance? waltz, two-step, shotish, square dance???)
Wed. 10th. - Warmer. Took cows to weight's today. Street Fair commenced in B.G. today. We got a little lamb. Its mother is dead. They gave it to Leora if she would raise it. Payson was here today. He is talking about going to Oklahoma soon. Geo. and Ralph went to Putnam Co. today to look at a farm. Grace and Blanche are resting. They all went to the social tonight at the Corners. S.R. and H.Z. came home with the girls. ha, ha. Nancy Powers was here today. Stopped as she was going by to New Rochester. I churned this morn.
Thurs. 11th. - Pleasant. I baked bread. Mrs. Denipace give G. and B. lessons today. Blaine plowed corn this forenoon. Went to B.G. this aft. After Geo. and Ralph and to the street fair. They dident come (home?)
Fri. 12th. - Very warm. I and Leora went berrying. Blaine plowed corn. Geo. and Ralph got home tonight from Putnam co. Walt Davidson's were here this eve-Ray Jimmison also Will Jones. There was an electric line man here today, Mr. Patty from B.G.
Sat. 13th. - Geo. and Ralph plowed corn this forenoon. Ralph and Grace and Blanche went to Bowling Green Street Fair this eve. Grace baked cake. Blanche sweep up stairs, helped scrub-I and her scrubbed. I baked bread. The electric road man were here again today. We gave them the right of way for a road through our yard. The dogs crippled 2 or 3 of our sheep tonight.
Sun. 14th. - Pleasant but warm. Mr. Nupher, Hattie Hill, Bessie Neuphen were here from Grand Rapids today. Walt Havens also and Payson Kelly and Nelllie Drake. All at home this eve. eleven of us.
Mon. 15th. - Aufull warm. Geo., Ralph, Blaine stacked wheat today. I and Leora went berrying - got enough to make 4 qts. Blanche done up work this morning. They got dinner, Grace canned berries. I rested this aft. Ed Parker was here after a girl. Dident get one here. Ralph sheared Jack. (Was Jack the buck sheep?)---(Or was he the driving horse?)
Tues. 16th. - Warm. The men finished stacking wheat today. Ralph went to Corners. Got beans 25[cents], soap 10[cents]-not paid. Grace churned. I baked bread. The girls carried water to wash. I rested this aft. This warm weather very near kills me.
Wed. 17th. - Very warm. Ralph and Blaine cultivated. The sheep and her lamb died today-that the dogs hurt. Barber and Put Loomis came over and estimated the loss. Grace done a big washing today. Blanche sweep and straitened up room and up stairs. Patty was here today to see Geo. about selling him a farm near Grand Rapids, Ohio. They burried the sheep this aft. I helped with washing some-got dinner. We had the aufullest wind and rain storm we have had this summer-about 2 O'clock this aft. It blowed wheat shocks over and and corn down. Hailed some-was dark while it was storming.
Thurs. 18th. - Warm and thretening rain-sprinkled this aft. Blanche baked Bread. I and her scrubed. We took bed down in the bedroom-moved beauro in bedroom. Grace ironed some-washed windows. Mrs. Denipace music teacher here today. B. and B. took lessons. Blaine went to corner. Got coffee, oats 25[cents]-not paid. Geo. put in posts- to tie horses to. The young folks had a dance here tonight. -invitations. Those present were Jessie and Julia Jimison, Anna Zimmerman, Maude Powers, Elvia Shears, Nollie and Lottie Drake, Grace and Blanche Aultman, Mrs. Hansen boys, Jesse Powers, Ray Jimison, Hency and John Froboise, Milo Jimison, Payson Kelly, Harmon Zimmerman, Mr. Hanson, Ralph and Blaine Aultman and Geo. Aultman. Him and Hanson and R.O.A. and B.R.A. furnished music on violin and organ. Ray J. and Mrs. Hanson also -------.
Fri. 19th. - Cooler. Geo. went to Grand Rapids to look at the Patty Farm. Blaine took him to B.G. Patty took him from there. Stopped at Della's (Mrs. C.C. Kuder, Ella's twin sister). Ralph went to Pemberville to Lodge. Geo. got home this eve. Ralph went to patch. Blaine slept all day-was up late the night before. The girls slept too. That's what dances does. I cut out the children some panties and waistes this aft. Very warm. Tramp here today. Gave him something to eat.
Sat. 20th. - Very warm. Geo. stacked hay for Osker (Oscar) Kelly this aft. Ralph and Blaine plowed corn with Dick and Jim. I and Leora went berrying this afternoon. I baked some blackberry pies. Blanche baked bread. We got sack of flour $1.10-not paid, sugar 25. Grace ironed. Her and Blanche mopped. Leora scrubbed kitchen. I churned.
Sun. 21st. Very warm. Grace and Blanche went over to Jim Brandeberry's this aft. Got their songs. Hanson and Anna Zimmerman, Payson K., Lottie and Nellie Drake, Henry Forbois were here this eve. Geo. and Ralph were down to corners this eve. The dogs got after our calf in orchard this eve. Ralph shot at them.
Mon. 22nd. - Hot in sun but cool in shade today. Ralph and Blaine plowed corn this forenoon., Blaine plowed all day. Ralph helped Shanks make hay this aft. Geo. stacked Oscar's wheat this aft.-hoed in truck patch this forenoon. Blanche washed today. I baked bread, made 2 pie pastries. Grace got dinner. She's not feeling well. The surveyors surveyed the road for the electric line through here today. Geo. got telephone message from Harington.
Tues. 23rd. - Warm. Ralph and Blaine plowed corn till ten o'clock then Barber commenced cutting oats and they shocked oats. Geo. wnet to Pemberville to meet Harrington and Hoyamn and Bill Muir to try and settle. Blanche ironed. Grace got dinner. I and Leora went berrying. Grace canned them. Ralph went to Pemberville to Rebecca Lodge. They promised geo. $500.00 for his share and his trouble. He offered to take that and settle.
Wed. 24th. - Aufull hot this aft. Geo. and Ralph went to B.G. Blaine plowed corn. I and the children set out mangoe plants. The milk boy Wise, left a milk can here this morning. We commenced selling milk today to Bruning, the cream man at New Rochester, 65[cents] per 100 lbs. milk. Geo. signed off his interest in the place for $450.00-put it in bank today. They backed out of giving him $500.-Aultman estate-I signed the quit claim deed today. Hoyman brought it here. Ralph put $25 in bank at B.G. Blaine went to Pemberville to show tonight.
Thurs. 25th. - Warm. Geo., Ralph, Blaine plowed corn today. Geo. helped Shanks thrash this aft. Mrs. Denipace, music teacher, was here, gave G. and B. lessons. This makes ½ term of twelve lessons--$5. We paid her today. Aunt Sade is paying for Blanches. We had Cabbage for dinner. Grace baked bread. Grace and Blanche were at Mina Kelly's today. (Is she-was she Jack Kelly's wife?-Who was Jack or Mina's father?) (Yes, John Cyrus Kelly, son of Cyrus H. Kelly) Stayed for supper. Ralph went to Luckey to a dance this eve. We had a big rain storm tonight.
Fri. 26th. - Warm. It is too wet to work. Geo. and Blaine took a load of oats and corn and barley to Bowling Green this aft. Got the horses shod. Got home at midnight. Ralph went to Lodge at Pemberville. I and Leora picked berries enough for 5 qt. this aft. Grace canned them. Blanche sweep up stairs.
Sat. 27th. - Pleasant. Geo. and Ralph went to Toledo today to see Kelchmen about that Putnam Co. farm - made out the contract-paid him some money. I and Grace scrubbed. Blanche baked bread. Grace cleaned up room. Blanche got 2# butter at (New) Rochester 16[cents] lb.
Sun. 28th. - Very warm. Geo. and Ralph, Nuit went over to Walt Davidson's this forenoon. Geo. went to Jim Brandeberry's this aft. (Why did they go? Did they learn anything) The boys went down the road. (I forget. This was Sunday-free activity) The girls went over to Barbers to get ice cream. Cora B. and Lucy Demosky were here. The girls went to Scotch Church this eve. Eva went to Sunday School.
Mon. 29th. - Warm. I and Grace done a big washing today. I and Leora picked berries this aft. enough for 4 qts. Blanche washed her blue dress-got dinner. TThey went to Scotch Church this eve to a temperance speaker. Blaine got flour, sugar, coffee. All paid (same prices as usual). Geo., Ralph and Blaine plowed corn.
Tues. 30th. - Warm. Geo., Ralph, Blaine stacked the oats. Lelia Myers and Charley Fish were married tonight. Ralph went to Rebecca Lodge. Blaine for 4# butter at creamery-let it go on milk, box oats at corners 25[cents]-not paid. We baked bread, done part of ironing. The milk boy didn't come with can this aft. They broke the boiler at creamery.
Wed. 31st. - Cooler. The appraiser are here to appraise this farm today. Jim Brandeberry, Tooxel, and a man from Bowling Green-Weaver. This is the day of the excursion at Detroit and Bell Isle. Grace and Blanche wanted to go but were disappointed. I got up at 5, milked, got wood to get breakfast, got breakfast for 12 while the rest layed in bed. They appraised the place at $60.00 per acre. The girls were over to Fansamans to see Florance Winstead. The men moved lane fence today. I and Leora picked berries. Lucy Kelly was here. Geo. paid Barber for cutting grain today. 4 acres wheat, 3 of oats, 65[cents] an acre for what and 75[cents] (or is it 55[cents]?) for oats. Cut it one way, it was down so.
Thurs. 1st. - Hot sun, cool air, cool nights. Geo. and Ralph thrashed at Dan Rices today. Blaine plowed corn in new ground. I baked bread, finished Eva's panties. The music teacher didn't come today.
Fri. 2nd. - Cool and cloudy. Ralph plowed patch for turnips. Geo. sowed them. I and Grace picked cabbage worms this aft. Grace ironed this forenoon. Blanche sweep upstairs. Ralph and Blaine plowed corn this aft. Ralph went to Pemberville to Lodge tonight. Geo. plowed corn this aft.
Sat. 3rd. - Cool air, hot sun. I and Leora picked berries, enough for 4 qts. Grace canned them. Geo. went down to town hall to put in his sheep claim. Blaine for 4# creamry butter at creamry. Land at Rochester. Boys plowed corn this aft. Geo. and Ralph went to Luckey to play for a dance, got home at 4 AM. Blanche baked. I scrubbed-and Leora.
Sun. 4th. - Cool and pleasant. Grace and Blanche and Eva went to Scotch church today. G. and B. went to camp meeting this eve. at B.G. Lucy Demoskey was here.
Mon. 5th. - Pleasant. Geo. went to see about his sheep claim. We baked bread. Ralph howed (hoed) potatoes. (Whose right Ella or me?) Blaine plowed corn this aft. The girls carried water to wash. Blanche cleaned room.
Tues. 6th. - Pleasant. Grace washed today. I washed colored clothes. Nellie Neupher was here from Grand Rapids. (What did she want?) I and Eva picked berries making jam of them. Geo. went to Bowling Green to convention. Ralph went to Grand Rapids today on wheel. Started at 4 in the morning. Got home just in time for supper. Tom Shanks and Elmer Hanson appraised them. Blaine and Grace put terpentine and lard on our sheep.
Wed. 7th. - Pleasant, cool nights. We baked bread. Geo. and Ralph are burying sheep. Took Jersey to ebery. Thrashed this aft. Nellie and the girls went to corners this eve - got oats, thread, sugar. (Same prices.) Geo. and Ralph went too. Blaine plowed corn this aft. Blanche baked pies. Grace made jam. Nell stayed all night. (What Nell is this?)
Thurs. 8th. - Warm again. Music teacher dident come. Geo. and Ralph thrashed for Brandeberry today. Ralph, Grace and Blanche went to Luckey to a dance. Harry Barber took them. Got home at daylight. I patched Blaine's pants, fixed Ralph's galeses. Nell is here. Stayed for dinner. I made Tute a waiste this aft.
Fri. 9th. - Very warm. Geo. and Ralph helped Jim Brandeberry thrash today. Got through. Got $1. per day. Ralph went to Lodge at Pemberville tonight. Blaine went to Center to a social. Geo. went to corners. I was making Tute some panties this aft. The girls are mad because they couldent go to Center tonight. Geo. went to corners. Blaine got 4# butter at creamry at Rochester. I put dust on cabbage part of it to kill worms.
Sat. 10th. - Warmer. Geo. and Ralph thrashed for Barber and Osker Kelly this aft. Blaine hauled wood to thrash. I baked bread and pie. Mrs. Denipace was here - give Blanche lesson. Grace dident take. I scrubbed, Geo. and Ralph went to corners. Got 1 sack flour $1.10, meat, sugar, 8# sugar, 7# lard, 12 tumblers, doz. knives and forks 99cts., beans 25[cents].
Sun.11th. - Pleasant. We thrashed today. Those here for dinner were: Will McKean, Osker Kelly, Barber ____? Harry Barber, Harvy Shanks, Put Loomis, Dan Rice, Mell Rice. Grace baked blackberry pies. Blanche baked cake. Ralph went to Pemberville. Got 10# beef, $1.00. Paid thrasher $6.50 for thrashing. Had 94 bu. wheat, 140 bu. oats. Geo. and Ralph went to B.G. with a load of oats. Osker Kelly took a load for us too. Lummel's thrashed for us. Oil man was here. We took one gal. 12 cts. They took 120 bu. oats today - 34[cents] bu. come to $41.10. They got home at midnight. The tires run off.
Tues. 13th. - Pleasant. Ralph started for the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo today. Him and Walt Davidson and Frank D. and Mose D. and Henry Shanks went together. Took the Nickelplate at Fostoria (Ohio). Geo. helped Tom Shanks thrash this aft. Blanche washed today. I helped a little. Grace and Blanche went over to Walt Davidson's to a surprise party on Milt Warner. Stayed all night. Blaine got soap at corners. 3 cakes. Old Grandma Weight is dead. She was 94 years old.
Wed. 14th. - Warm. Grace and Blanche went over to Weight's woods to a picnic. Looks like rain. Blaine went to picknic. Geo. went to corners - got money for sheep pelts.
Thurs. 15th. - Pleasant. Camp meeting commenced today. Blaine helped Pat Loomis thrash this aft. Kelchner from Toledo was here today. We payed him $450.00 on Putnam Co. farm. Geo. fixed lane fence. Got 25[cents] worth paper and envelopes off pedler. Mrs. Denipace, music teacher, was here. Gave Grace and Blanche lessons. Grace baked bred. I and Leora picked berries. Grace made jam of them. Old Mrs. Weight was burried today.
Fri. 16th. - Geo. went to corners this aft. Got a letter from Ralph postal - at Pan-American at Buffalo. Geo. took 3 ½ doz. eggs - got matches, coffee, pins, can, rubbers. I finished Tute's panties and sewed some comforter linings together. Blaine helped Mell Loomis thrash. Geo. payed Birt Chamberlain $1.40 for potatoes last winter.
Sat. 17th. - Pleasant. Grace baked bread. I sweep and made beds upstairs and down. Blanche stratened up front room. Grace scrubbed, Leora scrubbed summer kitchen. Blaine went to corners-got sugar 25 cts., turpentine 10 cts. paid. Geo. was mossying around some where. Him and Grace and Blanche went over to John Laymond to play for a dance. Got $2.00 Got home at 4 a.m.
Sun. 18th. - Rained today, the first for three weeks-July 25. Grace Baked 3 Elderberry pies. Blanche baked cake. I milked, got breakfast, give four a bath, got one ready for Sunday school, rested the rest of the day. Ralph hasent got home from the Pan American yet. Look for him tomorrow. Ralph came home tonight - Monday morning.
Mon. 19th. - Rained nearly all day. We spent the day looking at the relics Ralph brought home from the Pan American exposition. He gave each of us a present. I picked elderberries this aft. Geo. got 14 yds. red calico.
Tues. 20th. - Rained all forenoon but this PM is shining. Grace and Blanche washed. Ma baked bread. It is just 3:15 O'clock at this writing and it looks like rain so I must go and get the clothes in. Grace canned 8qts. Elderberries. I cut out and made Tute a red dress today. Geo. got sugar and cinnamon 10 cts. Ralph and Blaine tore up old hay rake.
Wed. 21st. - Very warm. I and Blanche layed down corn in salt today 2 gal. Grace ironed. Leora helped. Grace canned 1 qt. of pears got on little tree down to old mill. Took 8 bu. Got 3 sacks of flour.
Thurs. 22nd. - Warm. Rained this forenoon a shower and one this aft. and rained most of the night. Aufull. Ralph went to Luckey to a dance. I cut out Leora's red calico dress today. Made a skirt. Mrs. Denipace music teacher gave G. and B. lessons and practiced for musical. Geo. and Ralph went to B.G. with a load of corn. Got 79 cts a hundred - come to $15.40. Blaine got 4# butter at creamry. Sunday school picnic at Walbridge Park today. Rochester, Pemberville and Scotch Ridge schools went.
Fr. 23rd. - Very warm. I worked on Leora's waiste. Raining this eve. Ralph started to Lodge but came back. Payson was here today for breakfast. G. and B. went to corners this aft., got blue calico for her old dress. B. got ribbon for neck and handkerchief.
Sat. 24th. - Pleasant, warm. Geo. went to New Rochester this forenoon, to Scotch Ridge this aft. and eve. Ralph and Blaine hauled wood this aft. Grace baked bread, finished her blue dress, helped scrub and sweep upstairs. I made the bed, picked elderberries for pies, helped scrub, finished Leora's red dress. Blanche cleaned cleaned up front room and bed room, washed windows. I ironed. Grace helped iron. Leora scrubbed summer kitchen. Eva washed chairs, wiped dishes, tended cows. Urban helped. We quit selling milk today. Sold one month. (Why quit?)
Sun. 25th. - Pleasant. Ralph, Blaine, Grace, Blanche went to Portage camp meeting today. Leora and Eva went to Sunday School. F.C. was here to see Blanche. She was gone to campmeeting.
Mon. 26th. - Warm. Geo. and Ralph took load of corn to B.G., got 77 cts per 100. Come to $15.40. I and girls lay up corn in salt. 3 gal. Frank Russel was here after girl. (A girl to hire?) We got 6 cts out of our milk besides the butter we got - 20 pounds.
Tues. 27th. - Pleasant. I and Grace washed and canned 10 qt. peaches, got off a tree in old garden. Blanche baked and churned, helped get meals. Ralph Truman and Cecil Drake came this aft. Ralph from Genoa, Cecil from Pemberville. Stayed all night. Geo. went to corners, got sugar 6 lbs., 12 self sealer can lids and rubbers. (rubber rings for jars?)
Wed. 28th. - Warm. Ralph, Truman and Cecil Drake went home today. Blanche canned 2 qts. of pears got at Barbers. Haven't done anything but cook and eat today --- Geo. went to corners this aft. Got letter from Mr. Jenkins of Keifersville.
Fri. 30th. - Big thunder storm this aft. Rained aufull. I finished Eva's dress today. There was some travelers here begging Geo to give them some corn. Ralph and Blaine went to corners this eve. Grace and Leora ironed today. Blanche got dinner, churned.
Sat. 31st. - (Hubba hubba hubba I left out the 29th.) Music lessons for G. and B. Commenced Eva's red calico dress.
Sat. 31st. - (Cleaning, baking etc. rain)
Sept. 1st. Sunday - Cloudy and drizling most all day. Jesse and Maud Powers was here today. F.C. here this eve. Geo. got his hair cut today. All at home, 11 of us.
Mon. 2nd. - Foggy this morn and aufull wet. Geo. went to corners got paint to paint wagon. Painted box and seat and 3 chairs. I washed George's light coat and vest and 2 pair of black pants - one R.O.A. this aft.
Tues. 3rd. - Pleasant. Geo. and Blaine went to B.G. this aft. School commenced. Eva and Urban went. Got $22 sheep claim. I washed the men's shirts and overhalls. R.O.A. light pants, the towels and some dresses for the children. Baked Bread and cookies and cinnamon rolls; sewed buttons on coat and vest. Patched R.O.A.'s shirt. Aufull tired tonight. (No wonder, Ella. So much hard work and so hum-drum) Ralph got 3 cakes soap his worms paid (????) We got a thing to look at pictures with. It cost $2.90. 12 pictures. (A steri optkin-or something like that Ella?) Grace and Blanche got Mrs. Loomis's quilt frames. They tied a comforter this eve.
Wed. 4th. - Pleasant. Geo. went to corners this morning. Sent his voucher out. Got sugar 4# coffee, boxes to pack in. Geo. and Ralph started for Putnam Co. today to put in wheat. Took things along to board themselves at Byers. I got up at 3 a.m. Churned, got breakfast, packed their things. The girls helped. Grace scrubbed, put on quilt flat iron. Got 1 bu. pears of Barbers 50 cts. Blaine got 7 yds. calico and paper, needles and thimble and thread. Paid. The men took Jim and Dick.
Thurs. 5th. - Very warm. We canned some pears. -music lessons again.-- Blaine commenced cutting corn. We quilted this aft. Bessie Nupher was here. G. and B. went to a dance at Luckey. F.C. took them. Got a letter from Della that they were coming. Uncle Chrises wife was burried today. (Uncle Chris Aultman?)
Fri. 6th. - Warm. Blanche baked bread. I sweep upstairs. Grace canned rest of pears. We got ½ bu. plums of Wagoners, 50 cts. Blaine cut corn. McKinley was assasinated today at the Pan-American at Buffalo by a Spanyard. He is alive and that is all. Quilted some.
Sat. 7th. - Warm. Grace churned. Blanch baked bread. They baked 2 cakes. I scrubbed and Leora, Eva washed chairs and stairs down. Got a letter from Ralph from Keifersville.. They got there Thurs. at 4 o'clock. I and Grace canned plums. Blanche cleaned front room. Blaine worked in corn this forenoon, went over to Grant Longs after mellons this aft. (Any relation of Freem and Nettie?) Went to corners. Got 60 cts. sugar, sugar bowl, 1/2 doz. cups and saucers, 2 deep dishes, fly paper, gauze vests. Getting cold tonight.
Sun. 8th. - Cloudy and cold and aufull smoky. Charley Kuder was here. (Uncle Charley) also Claudia Hartman and man and baby. Ida Davidson and 3 children and Milt Warner, and F.C. Blaine went to Pemberville, got 4# beef steak for dinner, 40cts. and mellons 40 cts.
Mon. 9th. - Cold this forenoon. Warmer and rained tonight. Blaine cut corn. Us women quilted. Got a letter from Geo. and Ralph from Kiefersville. Ralph sent 8 rattles home out of a snake they killed out there. They intended to commence plowing today for wheat. Leora Aultman scrub---- (Did you ever finish it, Leora?)
Tues. 10th. - Cold mornings and nights. Cloudy, part of the day. Blaine to Ida cow away this morn, $1.00 br (?) Blaine cut corn this aft. and got 1 bu. peaches of McKeans. We quilted.
Wed. 11th. - Cool this morn. cloudy , sun shown part of day. Drizling this eve. Blaine helped McKeans thrash this forenoon. Went to corners at noon, got sugar, thread, soap, Pd. Blanche churned and baked break. Grace canned peaches this forenoon - 10qts. We quilted this aft. We bought 2 muskmellons today, 20 cts.
Thurs. 12th. - Windy and cloudy part of day. Grace and Blanche done a big washing. Wagoners brought plums, ½ bu. 50 cts. I and Grace canned them. (Music lessons again) Blaine cut corn. Leora washed dishes, made beds.
Fri. 13th. - Cool. I scrubbed. Grace and Blanche quilted. I helped this aft. Blaine cut corn. President McKinley not expected to live-----
Sat. 14th. - (Morning pleasant, p.m. cloudy, windy) The Muir family held their reunion in Charley Muir's grove today. (Did one of Isaac Kelly's daughters marry a Muir? Could it have been Caroline or Jane? WTK) Will Harris and Fred Muir from Michigan were there. (It was Caroline) (Could there be any record of this reunion in B.G.?) Grace, Blanche, Blaine, Leora, Eva went. Shank's dog jumped onto Eva today. Bit her and tore her white dress when she was going to the Reunion. I baked bread, made plumb jell. Blanche churned. Grace ironed. Blaine got him a pair of shoes. President McKinley died at 2:15 this morning at Buffalo, N.Y.-was shot on the Exposition grounds.
Sun. 15th. (weather good) All at home but Geo. and Ralph. They are in Putnam Co. yet. Frank Coger is here tonight. Eva has sore throat and arm.
Mon. 16th. - Pleasant. We quilted. Blaine cut corn. Blanche baked bread. Bill Muir was here to buy corn in field. Will Harris was looking over the Farm.
Tues. 17th. - Cold-rained before daylight. Grace is sick today and last night with Cholora Morbus. Cassie Harris and Gertie Muir and children and Dot McCreary were here this aft. Blanche went to New Rochester. Got red calico 15 for border of quilt-needles 5, thimble 5, muslin 30.
Wed. 18th. - Cold. Blaine cut corn. Got 1 bu. grapes at Gutchalk's 1[cent] per lb. 50[cents] worth. Paid. Jesse Barber helped Blaine cut corn this aft. We finished quilting our flatiron quilt. Grace and Blanche went down to Hansens this eve. I canned some grapes this aft. Eva's arm is some better but she hasent been able to go to school this week.
Thurs. 19th. - Pleasant. President McKinley was burried at Canton today. They took him there from Washington. Took him from Buffalo to Washington. Theodore Roosevelt is President of the United States now. Blaine went to corners this morn. Got 1 doz cans 70[cents], 10 yds muslin 50[cents], 2 pair shoes, $1.10 got Tute and Rex 75[cents], sugar. Music teacher didn't come today. I and Grace seeded and canned 1 bu. grapes. Got 9 qts. and 7 glasses jell. Grace and Blanche went over to Mr. Jimmison's to a surprise party on Julia this eve. Blaine went with them. Jesse Barber cut corn.
Fri. 20th. - Pleasant. --- (Corn cutting, cleaning, scrubbing, washing, etc.) The girls went to Casstons to a dance this eve-invitation.
Sat. 21st. - Cold, white frost. I milked, got breakfast, churned, baked bread and cookies and cinnamon rolls. Music teacher was to come but dident. Blaine and Jesse barber cut corn-commenced on new ground this aft. Blanche went to corners this aft. Changed kids shoes. Blaine took them back and changed them again. Got red shoes.
Sun. 22nd. - Beautiful days and night. All at home but Geo. and Ralph in Putnam Co. yet. Rex was sick last night and today with sore throat and feaver. Blaine got fig Syrup and Sulphur today at corners.
Mon. 23rd. - (Same old hum-drum work)
Tues. 24th. - Took jersey to Weights. Bowling Green fair commenced. Lucy Kelly and Nettie Long was here this aft. Blanche is sick with sore throat. Grace took music lesson. I got a letter from Jen VenTassle today with $5 in it for Grace's 4 weeks work and Blanche's 2 weeks work. I churned, Grace baked bread and I ironed Blanches blue dress.
Wed. 25th. - Pleasant, cool wind. Grace is sick today with sore throat. Blanche has a very sore throat. They have feaver and headache and I think it something going round. I got a letter from Geo. today from Putnam Co. Blaine cut corn. Jesse Barber helped this aft. They went to Pemberville this aft. Took wheat. Got 67[cents] per bu. Got him a hat $1.00 and shirt 50[cents]. Paid. Jesse barber $2.50 for cutting corn.
Thurs. 26th. - Beautiful day. This is the big day of the fair. Blaine went on his wheel. There were 20,000 people there. Dr. Whitaker was here to see the girls. Said they had tonsilletus. Left them some potash. Blanche's fellow came after her but she wasn't able to go. Lucy Kelly stopped today. Leora baked bread.
Fri. 27th. - Pleasant. Blaine cut corn this forenoon, went to the corners and Rochester. Got 1 doz. tin cans 45[cents]. I canned tomatoes this aft. Today Leora churned. I cleaned front room and bedrooms. Leora ironed. Grace some better. Blanche no better.
Sat. 28th. - Rained this aft. and tonight. I baked bread, canned 8 qts. tomatoes. Leora done the other work. Scrubbed summer kitchen. Payson was here for dinner. Blaine cut corn this forenoon-got some slipper elm for Blanche's throat. Went to corners this eve. Got 2 lbs. bacon, 20[cents], Blanche as bad as ever-don't get any rest day or night for her throat. Eva got a sage for her.
Sun. 29th. - Rained this forenoon. Warm and cloudy part of aft. All at home but Geo. and Ralph. Look for them all day but they havent come yet and it is almost bedtime. Lucy Kelly was here again today. Cecil Drake stopped here today. He took a preacher to Rochester. F.C. is here this eve. Blaine went to Dutch Church to an entertainment this eve. The wind has commenced to blow.
Mon. 30th. - Pleasant. Blanche no better. Sent for Dr. Griner this morning for her. Blaine tied sadles. Grace canned some tomatoes. I give medicine and steamed Blanche's throat. Got a letter from Geo.
Oct. 1st, 1901 Tues. - Pleasant. Blanche some better. Griner here this morning. John Householder very low with hemorage of the lungs. Grace baked bread. Osker (Oscar Kelly) got 1/2 gal. cider for Blanche at Zimmerman's. I canned 2 qts. tomatoes. Blaine cut corn this aft. Art and Jes Barber helped him. We had a thunder storm about 10 this evening. Blanche slept tonight for the first for 8 nights. Leora has sore throat.
Wed. 2nd. - Colder. Blanche is getting better-can eat now. Got letter from Kelchner today. Blaine cut corn-Jess Barber helped. I washed a few of the clothes this aft. Blanche pieced quilt a while. John Thompson got his neck broke at an oil well today.
Thurs. 3rd. - Cold-big front. (Blaine and Jess finished cutting corn this forenoon. Denipace and Mrs. Righardson here for practice for musical but girls not able.) Grace worked on her cushion. I baked bread.
Fri. 4th. - John Thompson was burried today. Musical at Denipaces this eve. ----- Blaine went to Pemberville with some wheat. Paid the Barber boys $2.00 for cutting corn. I sliced green tomatoes. The girls are getting better.
Sat. 5th. - Pleasant. I churned, baked bread, made sweet tomatoes pickles. Grace sweep and made beds up stairs. Geo. and Ralph came home today from Putnam Co. tonight. Started at 6 in the morning. Got here at 9 tonight. They put in 10 acres of wheat, cut 300 shocks of corn, hauled tile.
Sun. 6th. - Beautiful day. Blanche straightened up front room, washed lamp. Bill E. stopped here also Mrs. McKean and Em Kelly (Emma Walker Kelly-Mrs. Oscar Kelly) and Oscar and children. Ralph went down to Wess Thompsons.
Mon. 7th. - (Women baked, scrubbed and cleaned as usual WTK) Geo. and Ralph helped Osker clean wheat. Stayed for dinner.
Tues. 8th. - Pleasant. We stuffed mangoes today. Ralph cut cabbage. Bell and Bill Muir were here this aft. (Mr. and Mrs. Muir? - cousins nephew--?) Grace cut cabbage and tomatoes for chow chow. She got slaw cutter at McKeans. Tute for hash knife of Loomis. Ralph and Blaine went to Pem. to Lodge.
Wed. 9th. - Cloudy, rained this morn and evening. Grace got vinegar at Loomis's and finished chow-chow. I and Blanche washed dishes, sewed lining for quilt. Ralph and Blaine husked corn and got walnuts and hickory nuts.
Thurs. 10th. - Cloudy and warm. I and Grace made pillow cases today. Mrs. Denipace was here today. The girls quit taking lessons. Paid the teacher $2.00. Grace owed her $2.50. Blanche 95[cents]. Geo. was over to Walt Davidsons. Ralph went a dance. Geo. went to corners this eve. Blaine is away on his wheel.
Fri. 11th. - Beautiful day. Grace and Blanche washed. Geo. and Ralph and Blaine dug potatoes. I done dishes and cooking, bound a quilt this aft. Geo. and Ralph went to Pemberville to Lodge I.O.O.F.
Sat. 12th. - Raining wind blowed aufull tonight. Payson and MA came today-stayed all night. I and Grace scrubbed. Blanche ironed some, cleaned, cleaned room. Grace baked some lovely bread, I churned.
Sun. 13th. - Rained part of day. Payson and Ma went home today. Walt Davidson and Milt Warner were here today. Geo. and Ralph were at Brandeberry's. Grace baked pumpkin pie. Geo. and Grace and Blanche are entertaining Blanche's Fellow with songs and music on violin and organ. Blaine just got home from seeing his dutch girl.
Mon. 14th. - Pleasant. Grace and Blanche put on the crazy quilt today. Geo. and Ralph took a load of old corn to Luckey today. Got $15.00 for it. John Hoyman and Bill Muir were here to buy the corn. Offered $200.00 for it. We baked bread. Got ½ sack flour.
Tues. 15th. - Pleasant but cold wind. Geo. and Ralph went to B.G. today. Girls quilted. I baked bread and pie-Grace baked cakes. Geo. took 2 bu. wheat to mill. Ralph got a little black and white pup tonight of Jim Brandeberry. Give $4.00 for it. It's 2 mo. old.
Wed. 16th. - Rained most all day. Ralph commenced work on Electric line at Center Church today. Worked ¾ day. Gets $1.50 per day or 15[cents] per hour. He got him a new pair shoes tonight, $1.85.
Thurs. 17th. - Cold and windy. Ralph worked on Electric line, east and west road. Quit at 5. Went to Luckey to a dance with P. Barber. I cut cabbage off for krout. 70 heads. Blained hauled. Geo. went to corners. Grace put a band on her rainyday skirt. Blanche trimmed her winter hat over.
Fri. 18th. - Pleasant but cold and windy. I and Grace and Blanche made 20 gal. of krout today. Geo. went over to Sam Denipaces this morning to get him to help play for a dance and to see when the Board met. He bought a faning mill today $27.00. Pays $10.00 next fall on it. Ralph dident work on electric line today. Him and Blaine pulled cabbage to bury.
Sat. 19th. - Pleasant. Geo. and Blaine hauled wood and feed this forenoon. Geo. went to corners, got sugar, beans, B. powder, Ginger. Paid. Grace baked scrubbed. I ironed. Blanche cleaned room and sweep up stairs. Leora washed some and ironed and Urban washed dinner dishes. I am about sick. Got dinner and supper. Geo. and Ralph, Grace, Blanche, Blaine went over to Shearses to a dance. Geo got $2.00 for playing. Ralph worked on electric line today. Quit at 5. He was cutting timber today. The rest of the time he worked there he held scraped for 5 teams.
Sun. 20th. - Beautiful day. Gust Truman and Ralph Truman came from Genoa today. Stayed all night. Ralph brought his violyn. We had some fine music. Blanche and Fellow went riding this eve. Also Ralph went with Barber. I baked 2 pumpkin pies and churned.
Mon. 21st. - Pleasant. Gust and Ralph went home this aft. Ralph Aultman worked on electric line today. Blanche baked bread. Geo. went to corners this aft. Grace baked bisquits for breakfast and dinner. I got breakfast and dinner and done the breakfast work. G. and B. done dinner work. Leora done supper work.
Tues. 22nd. - Pleasant. Geo., Grace, Blanche went to Bowling Green today. Grace got her a coat, Geo. give her $5.00 to get it with. Got it all for $4. Her and Blanche got them new (mice chewed off the paper.) --light green, also plaine blue calico----- I got 10 yds. canton flannel, safty pins, kettle covers and skillet. Ralph worked on electric line today. Works 9 hours, gets $1.50 for it. Geo., Ralph, Blaine, Grace were at Barbers to a surprise dance on Art. It being his 18th birthday. I washed some.
Wed. 23rd. - Auful windy and warm today. Indian summer I think. Ralph worked on electric line today. Geo. is not feeling well. Blanche baked bread. Grace churned. I done other work. Blanche got dinner. I sawed some.
Thurs. 24th. - Colder today. Ralph worked on electric line grading. Geo. went to Pemberville-just got home. The girls commenced their dresses today-calico. I sewed some and washed the kids some dresses and got supper. Grace baked a pie. Got a letter from Kiefersville today from Albert Jenkins. Jesse Powers is here this eve.
Fri. 25th. - Pleasant. Geo. went to Toledo today to see Ketchmer. Dident see him. Ralph worked on electric line today. The girls worked on their dresses. We baked bread. Blaine helped Mose D. husk corn at McKeans.
Sat. 26th. 1901 - Pleasant. Geo. dug potatoes. Ralph worked on electric line. I churned, baked bread. The girls finished their dresses. Grace scrubbed. Geo., Ralph, Blaine, Grace, Blanche went to a dance at Will _______ tonight.
Here the diary of Ella Aultman (Mrs. George Aultman) the Twin sister of Aunt Della Kelly Kuder and the first born children of Alfred M. Kelly and Emaline Crum Kelly, his wife, comes to an abrupt end. The back side of this last sheet of foolscap paper looks as thought the children had used it to practice writing. On the red vertical line on the left side is written in a clear hand using a pencil, "George W. Aultman Scotch Ridge". Could this be the hand writing of Ella's husband?
Wayne T. Kelly
Secord Route, Gladwin, Michigan
(The following entries were found by Mrs. Bud (Ester) Aultman. Copy was made from the original during March, 1969. (WTK))
Sun. - October 27, 1901 - Pleasant. Geo was at Jim B.s (Brandeberry's) all day. Ralph went hunting. Got a rabbit.
Mon. 28th. - Pleasant. Ralph worked on electric line. Grace and Blanche commenced cleaning house today in bed room and front room. Blaine commenced husking corn for Knost today. Bill Muir was here. I baked bread, done the cooking. Baked pies.
Tues. 29th. - Pleasant. The girls finished cleaning in front room and bed room. Filled ticks this aft. Geo. went to B.G. (Bowling Green) to see Kelchner. Got a new washing machine, $2.15. Ralph worked on electric line today. Geo. went to Lucky or near there to play for a dance. R.O.A. went too. Geo. got $1.75 for playing. Blaine husked corn at Knost's today. I done the cooking and sewed some.
Wed. 30th. - Pleasant. The girls done a two weeks washing today. Ralph worked on electric line, 8 hours. Blaine husked for Knost. I baked bread and cinnamon rolls. Geo. played for a dance near Pemberville. The girls went with him. He got $2.00
Thurs. 31st. - Pleasant, but windy today. Had a nice shower this evening. Geo. went to corners, got soap, flour, 10 yds. outting, 6 rolls batton. I baked bread and buns. The girls worked on a rug today. Ralph worked on electric line. Blaine husked ½ day for Knost. Caught a stray pony this aft.
Fri. - November 1st., 1901 - Pleasant. The girls are cleaning up stairs today. Ralph worked on electric line. Blaine is laid up with a sore hand. Hurt it trying to put that stray horse in the barn. Geo. was at Pemberville. Ed Kelly stopped here a few minutes. Grace washed windows and I scrubbed in kitchen and ironed pillow shams this aft. Geo. got sugar, coffee, oats, crackers at corners, oil.
Sat. 2nd. - Beautiful day. Geo. and Blaine went to Pemberville to mill this aft. Got $1.10 of beef. Hauled wood. Blanche baked bread and done a bit ironing. I and Grace sewed some this aft. Ralph worked on electric line today.
Sun. 3rd. - Smokey and cold wind this morn. Raining this eve, and blowing. Geo. churned.
Mon. 4th. - Cold. Ralph worked on electric line. This is Ralph's birthday. He is 21 yrs old today. Daisy Block stayed with Eva tonight. Blanche baked bread and mopped. We moved stove in house today. Geo. went to Pemberville this aft. Hoyman took his corn. Got $200.00 for it today. We got roaled oats, meat, fig syrup. Ralph got him 2 suits under clothing, 2 pair socks.
Tues. 5th. - Cold. Ralph worked on electric line. Quit at 4 O'clock. This is election. Ralph cast his first vote today. Blanche baked bread, worked on rug. I and Grace sewed. Blaine shucked corn at Kimballs this aft. Geo. went to election.
[Page 39, November 6th through November 17th, is missing. J. Lake]
Mon. 18th. - Snowing. Geo., Ralph and Blaine started for Putnam Co. today. Took cows and horses.
Tues. 19th. - Cloudy. Grace and Blanche washed - - - - - - - - Bill and Bell Muir was up today tying corn.
Wed. 20th. - Pleasant. Blanche went to Pemberville with Bill Muir. He was up tying corn till 3 o'clock. On her way to Putnam Co. we made a straw tick for her today.
Thurs. 21st. - Pleasant. Blanche went to Putnam Co. today. Went by Fostoria. Took the Nickle Plate for con.
Fri. 22nd. - Cloudy ----------- Two Dutchmen here looking at the farm and house today. Said they would give $2,600 for farm, no more. I sewed some.
Sat. 23rd. - Cloudy. Mary Householder and Flossie McCreany was here for dinner. We had chicken. I made a pair of pillow ticks. We baked bread.
Sun. 24th. - Cloudy. Mr. and Mrs. Barber and Cora were here today. Geo., Ralph, Blaine, Blanche are in Putnam Co. Rest are in old Wood Co. yet.
Mon. 25th. - Cloudy and colder. School commenced in Big room today. Young girl from Wiston teacher. ------ Geo. came home from Putnam. Got a letter from Blanche.
Tues. 26th. - Pleasant. Bill and Bell were here tying corn. Geo. helped this aft. Grace finished pillow cases.
Wed. 27th. - Pleasant. Bill and Bell still here tying corn. Geo. went to hunt money. Ma came from Bowling Green tonight.
Thurs. 28th. - Beautiful day - Thanksgiving day. We had 2 chickens roasted for dinner. Ralph, Blanche and Blaine are in Putnam Co. Ma eat dinner here. We baked bread.
Fri. 29th. - Cloudy. Geo. is away on business again today. Ma and Grace and Tute were at Loomises this aft.
Sat. 30th. - Geo. helped tie corn this forenoon. Bill tied too. Geo. went to Pemberville this aft. Hoyman paid him for his work. He got butter, lard, soap, bluing, at corners. Got a letter from Blanche and Ralph tonight. Ma went to Pemberville. Grace ironed. We baked. Leora sweep up stairs. I patched.
December - Sun. 1st. - Beautiful day. Brother Ed and Wife were here this aft. Geo. and Grace were at Brandeberrys this aft.
Mon. 2nd. - Cloudy and drizling. Geo. went to the corners. Him and Grace went to McKeans to spend the evening. Geo. brought home some buckwheat flour of a man from Swanton. 4 cts. lb. ----------
Tues. 3rd. - Pleasant part of day. Spiling snow. Geo. went to Toledo today to make a payment on our place in Putnam Co. $350.00. I tore carpet rugs.
Wed. 4th. - Cold today, but pleasant. Ma came back from Pemberville today. Geo. got home from Toledo.
Thurs. 5th. - Geo. sent his voucher today. Pleasant. Ma went over to Hummels today. Geo. went to the corners. Grace is making a pin cushion.
Fri. 6th. - Grace and Leora washed. Pleasant. This is Eva's birthday. She is 10 years old. She got a new pair of shoes. Geo. went to Toledo again today to settle up or make a payment. Bob Davidson signed note with him for $150.00. Geo. got money at bank in B.G.
Sat. 7th. - Cloudy. Geo. came home today from Toledo. Eva went to a Sunday school party at Mr. Alice Davidsons, their teacher. Had a big dinner and treated to taffy, oranges, popcorn balls. Made all the class a present of a storybook. Geo. got beans, butter, tea, yeast, (--other cleaning work as usual.)
Sun. 8th. - Rained all day. Ma is here. Geo. and Birt Chamberlain went to B.G.
Mon. 9th. - Snowed all day. Geo. and Birt went to Continental to look at a farm. Children didn't go to school today. Too wet.
Tues. 10th. - Still snowing. We sewed rags. Geo. hasn't got home from Putnam yet. Ma is here yet.
Wed. 11th. - Cold and foggy this forenoon. Pleasant this aft. --- Pa came home from Putnam county today. He got sugar and butter. Leora a pair of shoes and rubbers.
Thurs. 12th. - Warm and thawing. Snow going. Ma went down to Mell Loomises. Stayed all night. Geo. got Urban a pair of rubbers.
Fri. 13th. - Rained all day. Snow all gone. Ma came back from Loomises. Grace got General Grant's March. We sewed rags. Warm tonight.
Sat. 14th. - Colder, snowing. ------ Payson came after Ma. She went back to B.G. Ma give me $2.00 Christmas present.
Sun. 15th. - Cold today. All at home but 3. Ralph, Blaine, Blanche. They are in Putnam Co. keeping house.
Mon. 16th. - Cold-4 degrees below zero this morn. (House work etc.)
Tues. 17th. - Cold but pleasant. We butchered today. Osker helped. Geo. stepped on a nail.
Wed. 18th. - Cold, stormy this forenoon-pleasant in aft. Grace fried out the lard. Geo. took Oskers a mess of meat.
Thurs. 19th. - Cold but pleasant. This is Urban Aultman's birthday, born in 1893. Grace done a big ironing. I cut out 2 waists for Rex. Geo. is cutting wood.
Fri. 20th. - Cold. We made Rex a waiste. Grace went down to entertainment at the school this aft. Got 4 yds. outing 5 cents yd., 2 yds. worsted for Leoras blue dress, lamp, a Christmas present to George. Got a letter from Blanche, Ralph and Blaine. Got a quarter of beef of Lockmiller. 5 ½ [cents] lb. come to $6.75. Sold him sow for $7.00.
Sat. 21st. Cold. 14 degrees below last night. Grace is over to Oscar's. May is awful sick. They came after her at 11 o'clock last night. Leora baked bread. Geo. went to corners this eve. Grace came home this aft. May is some better. We made a little comforter out of outing flannel, white tied with red yarn.
Sun. 22nd. - Warmer. All home but 3 that are in Putnam Co.
Mon. 23rd. - Warmer and raining. Osker took 4 bu. wheat to mill for us today. Geo. went to corners. Got salt for meat. Geo. cleaned out chimney today. And wasn't our front room and bed room a sight-everything black with soot. Took Grace half a day to clean up then couldent get it all off.
Tues. 24th. - Warmer. Geo. salted pork today. Cut up beef. -------- Birt Chamberlain was here this aft. He is going to Continental soon to see about buying a place. Geo. went to corners -(shopping). Grace went to see Mary and get some apples at McKeans for Christmas.
Wed. 25th. - Christmas day! 1901. All at home but Ralph, Blanche, and Blaine. We all got candy and nuts for presents. Eva got a doll. May Aultman sent it to her from Elkton Col. Geo. got a lamp, a present from Grace.
Thurs. 26th. - Cooler. Grace and Leora washed. Geo. cut wood. cut down some trees. We made Rex a waiste this aft. Grace is making Eva a new doll and dress with India Linon. Got a letter from Blanche also brother. Freds family group also Pa's - Freds and Will's to. (These must have been family group pictures.)
Fri. 27th. - Cloudy. Not much cold. Grace is sweeping up stairs and down. Leora is baking and cleaning cupboards. Eva washed dishes. We are going to have roast beef and pig's feet today. Bill Muir was up after a load of feed. Geo. loaded it for him. Geo. got a lease from Keifersville last night. Geo. is at the corners seeing about -----------. Grace has sore throat.
Sat. 28th. - Pleasant. Bill hauled feed-one load. Geo. loaded it. Osker hauled drags for wood for us today. Grace is sick with sore throat and grip. Leora got dinner. We got a new lantern and blanket $1.50 tonight at corners.
Sun. 29th. - Pleasant. Grace no better. Leora got dinner. I give the kids a bath.
Mon. 30th. - Pleasant most all day. Cloudy this aft. Geo. loaded feed for Bill this forenoon. Sawed wood this aft. Leora baked, scrubbed. Done the other work. Graces throat not much better. Eva and Urban went to school.
Tues. 31st. - The last of 1901. Pleasant but wintry. Geo. loaded feed for Bill Muir this forenoon; banked up the house and sawed wood. I and Grace cut the ruffle out for Leora's blue skirt. Grace baked ginger cake.
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